Now that Community has two new producers, David Guarascio and Moses Port, I feel akin to a protective father. I want to like them, but really, I want to know what their intentions are with my baby.

After Hypable live-blogged the panel while I salivated from home at the thought of seeing the cast of my favorite quirky comedy in one room, I decided the announcements required some analysis. A.k.a., what will all these crazy changes, from the firing of creator Dan Harmon to the announcement that the entire cast will return to the Friday move, mean for Community‘s future?

According to our live blog the producers made a tall promise:

The only thing the producers care about is keeping this strange wonderful gem that it is.

Okay, that’s what every proverbial father wants to hear, that you want to cultivate what’s good in Community, but is this just talk? I did a little research on these two new producers who fill big shoes this fall, and was shocked by how little I could dig up on the duo. Isn’t this the digital age where I should be able to know too much about strangers without having to exert excessive effort?? Google, for once, you have failed me.

Here’s what I could find according to IMDB: The two co-produced Just Shoot Me! – a show that starred David Spade, George Segal and Laura San Giacomo in the late 90s to the early 2000s – and then produced Aliens in America starring Adhir Kalyan and Dan Byrd from 2007 to 2008, and most recently, Happy Endings, starring Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert and Damon Wayans Jr. from 2011 to present.

Here’s the good that I gathered from this info: Just Shoot Me lasted for seven seasons, getting us closer to our goal of #sixseasonsandamovie, and Happy Endings was just renewed for a third season. Neither seems to have any bashing media stories about fighting with cast members (a la Harmon and Chevy Chase). And they are relatively unknown, so they aren’t going to come in with huge egos (or so we hope).

Here’s the bad that I gathered: though I have not seen any of these shows personally, from what I read (plus I remember seeing previews for Aliens in America) the duo’s shows have not turned out to be stellar comedies (yes, yes, I’m being judgmental just shoot me … see what I did there?!). Furthermore, the two seem to have no real substantive connection to Community, and by no substantive connection I mean no connection at all. If they have never written or produced a single episode, how can they take over and maintain the show’s precarious and precious integrity? What are your thoughts on the new producers? Any dish to share on the two?

There are small signs of hope, since they recently met with remaining veteran writers (though there aren’t too too many post-Harmon’s not-so-nice departure) to discuss how to maintain the show’s vision. They receive one, begrudging, gold star from this ardent fan.

Besides the producer change, there has been a lot of buzz about the fact that the entire cast will be returning to Community, considering many thought Chevy Chase may be on the way out. This is a good sign, because despite the fact that we often want to punch Pierce in the face through the television, the study group would not be the same without him.

The move to Friday seems daunting. Community barely scraped by with a shortened fourth season renewal, and the move to a less popular day seems not so good. But honestly, for many viewers who watch the show via Hulu and other online outlets, it doesn’t really affect the watching of the show. The bigger question is how will it affect the already low ratings? For now, we’ll cross our fingers for #sixseasonsandamovie, but only if done with the integrity of the show intact.

To end on a high note, the spoilers released in the panel sound amazing: Pierce’s mansion, Jeff’s father, an Inspector Spacetime convention and more animation (four gold stars for the new producers on those). Also, check out this video of the show’s season 3 gag reel that debuted at the panel and is now available for your viewing pleasure. I lol-ed and lol-ed a lot (if that means anything). Watch it then tell me your thoughts on the tons o’ Community news we received today:

It. Is. Here. The long-awaited first trailer for Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast starring Dan Stevens and Emma Watson is available to watch now!

Disney invites us to be their guest in this first tantalizing teaser for Beauty and the Beast, one of the most highly anticipated live-action remakes on their slate:

Anticipation has been high for Disney’s live-action retelling of their animated classic, and by all accounts the trailer suggests that the new Beauty and the Beast, hitting theaters in 2017, won’t disappoint.

The trailer does a lot to up the excitement factor, playing on our existing knowledge of the classic story, and teasing the arrival of Emma Watson’s Belle (damn you Disney, you know what we want!).

It opens with the castle (very Hogwarts-looking, no?), as we see iconic imagery from the Disney movie. We hear the voices of Ian McKellen and Ewan McGregor (Cogsworth and Lumiere), see the portrait of the prince, and finally, the rose — and Belle, barely visible, watching it in nervous anticipation. It looks like it still has all its petals, so we’d guess that this might be the first time she sees it.

We imagine the full reveal of Belle in the dress will be huge — we’ll keep you posted, as we’re sure that bombshell is dropping soon.

Beauty and the Beast opens March 2017 and stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as LeFou, Emma Thompson as Mrs Potts, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Audra McDonald as the Wardrobe, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, and Sir Ian McKellen as Cogsworth.

What did you think about our first look at the Beauty and the Beast live-action movie? Did it live up to your expectations?! Or was there just not enough Belle? Share your thoughts in the comments!

‘Adventures of Supergirl’ #9: The Facet mystery deepens

And Kara hates mysteries.

2:00 pm EDT, May 22, 2016

Adventures of Supergirl #9 gives us our first look at Facet but inspires more questions than gives answers.

Adventures of Supergirl #9 keeps its creative team and picks up where the previous issue left off, with Kara and Alex underground and facing off against bots from Fort Rozz. While the sisters fight off attacks, Kara muses about hating mysteries. She reflects that Clark likes them because they taught him to reveal the hidden truths about others while Kara doesn’t like them because she wants things — and people — to be straightforward.

The mystery is, of course, who is behind everything that has led Kara to this moment. The mastermind? Facet. While Kara and Alex are fighting, Alex is grabbed to serve as bait, bringing Kara face to face with Facet. Though Facet speaks a language Kara doesn’t understand, she does recognize Facet’s uniform as belonging to a guard on Fort Rozz.

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Kara attacks Facet but breaks her hand. Uh oh. She tries to use her heat vision, but Facet deflects it. Kara is overwhelmed by Facet’s counterattacks, and Facet has the bots grab Kara. When Facet removes her mask, she reveals a reflective silver face and says she wants to begin Kara’s training to make her Krypton’s finest, like Facet herself. Facet tells Kara to ask her mother about her, but the conversation is interrupted when Alex sets off an explosion.

In the chaos, Kara grabs Alex and flees. They reach the surface, mostly still in tact, and Kara says they should go speak to Alura, so I assume she’s going to speak to the Alura AI at the DEO. The mystery that Kara hates has come around to not only encompass Facet but also her mother, which frustrates Kara to no end.

A good portion of this issue is action, as Kara and Alex fight the Fort Rozz robots and Kara faces off against Facet. Both Kara and Alex are left the worse for wear after the encounter. While we know there won’t be anything too serious happening to our main characters since the comic ties into the television series, the action sequences were still quite engaging, particularly in terms of the art.

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As with the previous issue, we see a fair amount of Kryptonian as the Fort Rozz robots and Facet speak. However, Facet also speaks a language that Kara didn’t recognize that was represented by squiggly lines. This only enhances Kara’s frustration with the mystery that underlies the entire issue — and the comic as a whole, as we learn that everything ties together after all.

With four issues left, I assume Kara will get some answers from the Alura AI about Facet. This new villain tying into the life of Alura makes a lot of sense considering the television series spent quite a lot of time exploring the consequences of Alura’s actions on Krypton. As her daughter, Kara has had to face many who held grudges against Alura for sentencing them to Fort Rozz so thematically, this issue of Adventures of Supergirl ties in nicely with the series in that way.

Reading Adventures of Supergirl every other week is like catching up with a good friend you only see every now and then — especially now that Supergirl is on break for the summer. I look forward to seeing where the story goes from here and finding out just who Facet is and why she’s taken such an interest in Kara.

Adventures of Supergirl #10 will be released on Monday, May 30.

Fred Armisen hosted the season 41 finale of SNL with musical guest Courtney Barnett. He also brought along a couple of familiar friends as well.

SNL kicked off its season finale with a bang using Kate McKinnon and Larry David as Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. In what was maybe the best cold open of the season, Hillary and Bernie bickered back and forth about Hillary’s insurmountable delegate lead in the Democratic primary race. The sketch was particularly enjoyable as the two of them danced through the halls of Studio 8H before throwing to the credits with the entire cast.

Fred Armisen’s opening monologue was also one of the best opening monologues of the season. Fred performed a part of his fictional one-man show, and exaggerated just about every single thing you could imagine. The monologue was not only hilarious but one of the most unique monologues ever given on SNL.

The first sketch of the night featured a couple of breaks of character as Cecily Strong, Fred Armisen and Kyle Mooney played Native American explorers who take things a little bit too far.

To the delight of the audience, SNL brought back a Digital Sketch with none other than Andy Samberg himself. Samberg is set to star in the new movie Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.

Maya Rudolph, who has an upcoming variety show with Martin Short, stopped by Weekend Update to play the recent ousted President of Brazil. Maya can do no wrong, and this sketch was yet another example of her many hilarious accents.

The funniest sketch of the night had to go to Fred Armisen’s character Regine. Regine and her boyfriend played by SNL alum Jason Sudeikis are outlandish, rude and inconsiderate: the perfect recipe for tons of character breaks. This is a must-see sketch!

SNL will return for its 42nd season this fall. There is no word yet as of which cast members may be leaving the show. Details around casting usually happens throughout the summer months as the show gears up for its fall premiere.

What did you think of Fred Armisen hosting SNL?