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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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'Community' Season 3 Promo Featuring Guest Star John Goodman (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 27th 2011 2:15PM
I love 'Community.' I even named it the returning show I'm most excited about. So naturally, the first promo for Season 3 (premieres Thurs., Sept. 22, 8PM ET on NBC) makes me all kinds of giddy.

Here's what we know: John Goodman is stopping by Greendale to play Vice Dean Laybourne, the head of their prized school of air conditioning repair, who's also out to make our own Dean Pelton's life a living hell.



What we didn't know? He's playing the part with an accent not unlike a Batman villain in a voice that can only be described as booming. Oh, and you probably shouldn't ever ask him "wazzup?"

Watch this hilarious promo to see Goodman in fine form, the Dean with some new facial hair and his idea of normal business attire, the words "nostril" and "rectum" and a quick glimpse of some kind of sparkly, streamer-filled dance number.

Yes, please.

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'Treme' Actor Michael Showers Found Dead in Mississippi River

by Alex Moaba, posted Aug 25th 2011 10:20AM
'Treme' is a show that portrays the struggle and hardship that befell New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Yesterday, a real-life tragedy struck 'Treme.'

Michael Showers, who played New Orleans homicide Captain John Guidry on the HBO drama, was found dead in the Mississippi River Wednesday morning. The actor was 45 years old.

A steamboat captain saw Showers' body floating in the river near New Orleans' French Quarter and called the authorities. The police told the New Orleans Times-Picayune his body had been in the water for nearly two days. No official cause of death has yet been determined.

The death is eerily reminiscent of on-screen suicide that occurred in Season 1 of the show, when John Goodman's character Creighton Bernette killed himself by jumping off a steamboat into the Mississippi.

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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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'Damages' Season 4: John Goodman & Chris Messina Talk Life on Set

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 12th 2011 4:00PM
John Goodman, Chris MessinaAny fan of 'Damages' knows the show is propelled to riveting dramatic heights thanks to the relationship between Patty Hewes (Glenn Close) and Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne), but behind every great woman, there's a few good men. 'Damages' Season 4 is no exception.

John Goodman, Chris Messina and Dylan Baker join Close and Byrne for a new kind of case -- this season (premieres Wed., July 13 at 10PM on DirecTV's Audience Network), the ladies are exploring the military and private defense sector.

Goodman plays Howard Erickson, the CEO of a private military defense company, the target of Ellen and Patty's case. Messina plays a decorated solider and contractor under Erickson and Baker plays Jerry Boorman, an associate of Erickson's who is described by DirecTV as a "shadowy opportunist."

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America Ferrera Joins 'The Good Wife,' 'The Game' Grabs Record Ratings and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 12th 2011 6:20PM
America Ferrera'Ugly Betty' star America Ferrera is joining 'The Good Wife.' But, it's not as a new lawyer or poor soul of a client: Ferrera is joining the cast as a romantic interest for Eli (Alan Cumming).

According to Entertainment Weekly, Ferrera will play Natalie, a graduate student who catches Eli's eye. The Emmy-winner will appear in an episode next month along with 'Seinfeld' veteran Jerry Stiller. This is Ferrera's first TV gig since the end of 'Ugly Betty.'

"It's thrilling to have two actors who combine such dramatic and comedic ability," Robert King, co-creator and executive producer of 'The Good Wife,' said in a statement. "We've been watching and loving America for years now on 'Ugly Betty,' and it'll be fantastic to see her take on a completely different role - especially one that puts her across from Alan Cumming."

Stiller will play a judge who has a problem staying awake while on the bench. His character will preside over one of Diane's (Christine Baranski) cases. So far Stiller is just contracted for one episode.

"And Jerry Stiller is our dream judge," he said. "It was great when we got to stop saying 'We need a Jerry Stiller-type in the role' and just got Jerry Stiller."

In other TV news ...

John Goodman has joined the cast of 'Damages.' Goodman will play a CEO of a shady military contractor and a defendant in a wrongful death suit after an incident in a war zone. [USA Today]

'NCIS' pulled in its biggest audience ever: 22 million viewers. The CBS drama, now in season 8, helped the network win the night in overall viewers. [CBS]

In other surprising ratings news, the return of 'The Game' on BET was seen by 7.7 million viewers. The former CW show averaged less than 2 million viewers during its third season. [Deadline Hollywood]

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John Goodman Talks Massive Weight Loss on 'Late Show' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jun 17th 2010 6:22AM
John Goodman Talks Weight Loss on 'Late Show'A fitter, happier (more productive?) John Goodman appeared on the 'Late Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS) and talked openly about his weight loss and being sober. He admitted his all-time high was "pushing 400" pounds and he was "breaking furniture, for lord's sake!"

"Now that you've stopped the drinking, well there's the answer to your [weight-gain] problems," said David Letterman. Responded Goodman, "I hit it pretty hard for 30 years, and there was a lot of residual damage."

"You have a target weight we can hope for?" asked the host. Goodman deadpanned, "Thirty pounds." Good to see he hasn't lost his sense of humor.

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Creighton's Mysterious Fate on 'Treme' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jun 14th 2010 1:30PM
A depressed Creighton Bernette dismisses his class early, visits some of his favorite New Orleans haunts, then ultimately ends up on a riverboat where he mysteriously disappears, leaving his fate unclear on 'Treme' (Sun, 7PM ET on HBO).

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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
Treme
(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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