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John Goodman's Vice Dean Tries to Recruit Troy to His Program on 'Community' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 4th 2011 1:30AM
'Community' - 'Advanced Gay'It looks like Troy's 'Good Will Hunting'-esque storyline regarding his abilities as a handyman is going to be an ongoing theme this season on 'Community' (Thu., 8PM ET on NBC). This week it even involved John Goodman's Vice-Dean Laybourne, who tried to lure him into air conditioner repair with an elaborate, dreamlike initiation sequence.

We love the follow-up to the fact that Laybourne has an extravagant amount of money for his annex of the college, as evidenced by the "room temperature" chamber he brought Troy to. We did wonder, though, if Laybourne used the breath/retinal scanner to exit the room, how did Troy get out?

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'Community' Season 3 Promo: Dance Number Promises Less Weirdness, More John Goodman Goodness (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 1st 2011 11:30AM
A few days ago, we got a brief, glorious glimpse of what's in store for Season 3 of 'Community.' We met John Goodman's new character, Vice Dean Laybourne, the intimidating yet silly head of Greendale's school of air-conditioning repair, for the first time.

Now, just as the awesomeness of that casting choice was beginning to sink in, NBC has released a longer 'Community' promo that features the rest of the gang performing a song and dance number promising to "have more fun and be less weird than the first two years combined" and more Goodman goodness, this time in the form of a fake laugh-off with Dean Pelton.

Check out the new promo after the jump, and don't forget to tune into 'Community' when it premieres Thurs., Sept. 22, at 8PM ET on NBC.

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John Goodman Joins Cast of 'Community'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 26th 2011 7:45AM
John GoodmanThe casting gods have given us yet another reason to love 'Community.' It's been announced that none other than the great John Goodman has signed on for a recurring role in Season 3.

According to 'New York Magazine,' Goodman is joining Greendale Community College as the "new vice dean of its heretofore unexplored school of air conditioning repair."

He will appear in at least six episodes of the upcoming Season 3, starting with the season opener.

Goodman's character will reportedly become a major enemy of both Dean Pelton (played by newly promoted series regular Jim Rash) and the study group.

Series creator Dan Harmon said that "When I heard we were going after Goodman, I got really excited about the idea of Jim Rash and Goodman on camera together." He's not the only one!

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John Goodman Dishes on 'Damages' and 'Monsters, Inc' Sequel on 'The View' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 20th 2011 6:15PM
John Goodman on 'The View'John Goodman covered a good portion of his career, past, present, and future in his interview on 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) Wednesday. He talked about his current role on 'Damages,' whether Roseanne Barr would make a good president, 'The Big Lebowski,' and a 'Monsters, Inc.' sequel.

Sherri Shepherd said 'Damages' creators wanted him for the role of Howard T. Erickson, CEO of a military contractor, because he was both "cuddly" and "fierce." She asked if he agreed with that assessment, and Goodman laughed. "Like one of those imported Chinese pandas stuffed with cotton and auto parts and drain cleaner," he said.

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Pacino Kills as Dr. Kevorkian in 'You Don't Know Jack'

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 26th 2010 11:33AM
Dr. Jack Kevorkian's headline-grabbing crusade against medical law and procedures was bound to become a movie sooner or later. It's got all the elements that make for great viewing, whether it's on the larger-than-life screen of your local cineplex or the soft, warm glow of your living room television.


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John Goodman to Narrate 'Best Food Ever'

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 22nd 2010 6:00PM
John GoodmanTLC is cooking up a new series to be narrated by actor John Goodman.

According to Variety, the series, titled 'Best Food Ever,' will travel the country to uncover some of its most-popular dishes and restaurants. (We'll eat to that!)

'Best Food Ever' premieres Mon., May 3 at 10PM.

TLC is already home to a number of cooking-related shows, including 'BBQ Pitmasters,' 'Cake Boss,' 'Little Chocolatiers,' 'Home Made Simple,' and 'Ultimate Cake Off.'

Meanwhile, Goodman, best known for his Emmy-nominated portrayal of Dan Conner on the longrunning ABC comedy 'Roseanne,' currently co-stars on 'Treme,' airing Sundays at 10PM on HBO.

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John Goodman Gives Barbara Walters a Hard Time on 'The View' (VIDEO)

by Harley W. Lond, posted Apr 15th 2010 6:31PM
John Goodman was on 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) to plug two upcoming TV shows he's appearing in: 'You Don't Know Jack,' a telefilm about Dr. Jack Kevorkian, and the new series 'Treme,' both on HBO. But that didn't get in the way of Goodman giving Barbara Walters a hard time, first by putting a couple jokes past her, then by looking at his watch as if to say, "Ok, enough of this. Time to go" (kiddingly, of course).

Watch the video after the jump.

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'Treme' - 'Do You Know What It Means' Recap (Series Premiere)

by Sandie Angulo Chen, posted Apr 12th 2010 9:26AM
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(S01E01) The opening title cards of David Simon's new HBO series 'Treme' (pronounced "treh-MAY," not "treem") tells you all you need to know: "New Orleans, Louisiana"/"Three Months After." I suppose Simon is saying that if you need to ask what "After" refers to (Hurricane Katrina, of course), then you shouldn't bother. Simon, the writer-producer-creator of 'The Wire' is back, and there isn't a 'Wire' fan alive who wouldn't want to see what he has up his genius sleeve for us this time.

Right away, the shots are close-ups of various jazz musicians, residents and cops preparing for a brass-band parade. There's a funny conversation with a musician negotiating his fee for participating in the main line, and then the parade starts, with its accompanying crowd of reveling second liners.

Late to the parade, because he can't afford the cab fare (a running gag throughout the episode), is perpetually broke trombonist Antoine Batiste (Wendell Pierce, a New Orleans native), who starts playing with a cry of "Play for that money boys, play for that motherf---ing money."

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An Interview Turns Heated on 'Treme' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 12th 2010 4:40AM
Treme, John GoodmanAn interview turns heated on 'Treme' (Sun., 10PM ET on HBO), the new HBO show from Eric Overmyer and David Simon. Who says New Orleans isn't a great city? Don't tell Creighton Bernette that!

And isn't it awesome to see John Goodman back in a series? We've missed you, John!

Watch the video after the jump.

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'Treme' Gets Up Close and Personal

by Chris Jancelewicz, posted Apr 9th 2010 1:36PM


When dealing with serious and potentially flammable subject matter, especially something as cataclysmic as 2005's Hurricane Katrina, a TV show has to tread carefully. 'Treme', a 10-episode HBO miniseries focusing on post-Katrina New Orleans, does not tread at all. Instead, it dives deep under the floodwaters and resurfaces with the corpses of those dead and gone -- lest we forget the immense tragedy that unfolded there.

Where most shows would exploit the exploitable (the riots, the pillaging, images of dying or dead people, the Dome), 'Treme' takes a raw look at the aftermath through a series of vignettes. The viewer follows different families and individuals as they try to put the pieces back together. Sometimes those pieces are tangible, like the rotting structure of a flood-damaged home, and sometimes they're purely emotional, like the trauma caused by a relative missing for months.

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'Treme' Reviews

by Allyssa Lee, posted Apr 8th 2010 8:00PM
Set three months after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, HBO's new series 'Treme' follows, quite simply, a loosely-connected network of New Orleans residents as they struggle to pick up their lives in the wake of the disaster.

But given that this is the latest effort from David Simon -- the much-heralded creator of the seminal HBO series 'The Wire' -- this drama proves to be so much more than just that.

Those expecting a Big Easy version of 'The Wire,' however, are out of luck. This is no police drama, and the city's politics are largely unexplored. The series takes its title from Faubourg Tremé, the historic New Orleans neighborhood adjacent to the French Quarter thought to be the birthplace of jazz. And the music from this multi-cultural, multi-storied, proud yet battered city pulses like a heartbeat throughout.

There's been no shortage of talent gracing this drama. The ensemble cast includes 'Wire' vets Wendell Pierce (a New Orleans native) and Clarke Peters, Khandi Alexander, Kim Dickens, Melissa Leo, John Goodman and Steve Zahn, in his first regular TV series role. Guest appearances from musicians such as Allen Toussaint, Elvis Costello, Dr. John and Kermit Ruffins lend authenticity.

Nor has there been a shortage of media coverage leading up to 'Treme's April 11 premiere. Sadly, part of that has been due to the unexpected death of one of the team's writers, David Mills. But 'Treme' is also being hailed as more than just another television program: It's an event. While some have noted the series' meandering pace, many critics have been praising Simon and co-creator Eric Overmyer's new series for its ability to immediately transport viewers on a musical journey into the heartbeat and the heartbreak of this weird and wonderful city.

Read what the critics had to say after the jump.

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John Goodman Back on TV with HBO's 'Treme'

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 6th 2010 9:25AM
John Goodman in David Simon and Eric Overmyer's 'Treme' on HBOThere's already a lot of excitement over HBO's new series 'Treme,' and for good reason. The series, which debuts Sunday, is the brainchild of David Simon and Eric Overmyer, who gave us five wonderful seasons of 'The Wire' on HBO. And this series, which tells the story of post-Katrina New Orleans through the lens of a struggling musician and the community around him, looks full of potential with the same kind of quality we came to expect from 'The Wire' and Simon and Overmyer's 'Homicide' series.

Perhaps a smaller storyline is John Goodman's return to a regular TV series. Goodman has been in a couple of short-lived sitcoms ('Normal, Ohio' and 'Center of the Universe'), has appeared often on 'Saturday Night Live,' and done some voice-over work and cameos (he had a particularly good stretch on 'The West Wing'). So he has kept a somewhat steady television presence.

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'Saturday Night Live' Doesn't Think Gabourey Sidibe Is Too Fat

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 1st 2010 8:02PM
Gabourey SidibeIt's interesting that in E! Online's announcement about 'Precious' star Gabourey Sidibe being asked to host an upcoming episode of 'Saturday Night Live,' their writer referenced a couple of disrespectful quotes Howard Stern had made about Sidibe in early March. Stern makes a living by saying things that push the envelope of good taste, but these words seem to have resonated a bit more than usual.

"There's the most enormous, fat black chick I've ever seen," he said. "She is enormous. Everyone's pretending she's a part of show business and she's never going to be in another movie." He even took on Oprah Winfrey, who's certainly no stranger to weight struggles or lasting success. "Oprah's another liar, a filthy liar. She's telling an enormous woman the size of a planet that she's going to have a career."

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Behind-the-Scenes of HBO's 'Treme' (New Video!)

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 29th 2010 2:20PM
TremeWith a strong cast of actors, award-winning veteran creators and a setting that has been a hotbed of controversy, heartache and celebration for years, HBO's 'Treme' (premiering Sun., April 11, 10PM ET) has been set up to be a hit for the cable network

Set three months after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, the series will focus on how the neighborhood of Treme is rebuilding. The series comes from David Simon, creator of HBO's 'The Wire' and his collaborator on 'The Wire' and 'Homicide: Life on the Street,' Eric Overmyer.

'Treme' stars quite a few familiar faces such as Steve Zahn in his first series regular role, Khandi Alexander, John Goodman and Wendell Pierce.

Check out the video after the jump.

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New 'Treme' Trailer Hits High Note

by Scott Harris, posted Mar 15th 2010 4:30PM
Ever since HBO's critically acclaimed masterpiece 'The Wire' went off the air two years ago, fans have been waiting to see what creators David Simon and Eric Overmyer would come up with next.

So when word came out that they were going to take on one of the most complicated issues in the country -- the effort to rebuild New Orleans in the aftermath of 2005's devastating Hurricane Katrina -- fans and pundits alike were both intrigued by the idea and dismayed at the wait for the project to actually materialize. Could the team from 'The Wire' find their magic again? And, if so, could even they do the subject matter justice?

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