TVLine Items: Community Summons Beetlejuice, 24 Alum Lands Lifetime Drama and More!

It’s like the Ocean’s Eleven gang pulling off a complicated heist. Only imagine George Clooney and Co. are a team of comedy writers and the task at hand is the greatest TV show Easter egg of all time. (Sorry, Lost.)

Community‘s attentive fans have put together a video that proves the show’s wildly inventive brass have been setting up a Beetlejuice-related joke for three whole seasons, and it finally paid off this fall.

See the gag pan out in the below clip, which shows the cast speaking the name “Beetlejuice” three separate times (mimicking the rules in the 1988 film to summon Michael Keaton’s titular character), and concluding, of course, with the crazy-haired “bio-exorcist” being transported to our reality skulking in the background. Pretty brilliant, no?

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24 vet Jeffrey Nordling has landed a role opposite Melanie Griffith in Lifetime’s drama pilot American Housewife, Deadline reports. The actor will play the wealthy politician husband to Griffith’s stay-at-home mom.

Katharine McPhee is beautiful, no matter what they say — actually, that’s probably exactly what everyone says. See for yourself in the “Beautiful” music video over on AOL TV, which features the American Idol alum performing the song on NBC’s midseason drama Smash (premiering Feb. 6, 10/9c).

Memorable Happy Endings guest star T.J. Miller has been cast in Fox’s comedy pilot Little Brother, per Deadline. The potential series centers on a man who discovers he has an ex-con half-brother (Miller).

Walking Dead exec producer Gale Anne Hurd is developing a series based on Area 51, Deadline reports.

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Comments (19)

  • Community just wrinkled my brain.

    Comment by AJ – November 23, 2011 12:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This show is getting put on hiatus wat the frak is wrong with you NBC

    Comment by t.t – November 23, 2011 12:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • while I’m at it frak ABC too for what they’re doing to cougar town

    Comment by t,t – November 23, 2011 12:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That. Was. Amazing.

    Comment by ThePit – November 23, 2011 12:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I really hope Community doesn’t get cancelled. It’s the best comedy on TV.

    Arrested Development had pretty subtle jokes too. And that only got three seasons.

    Comment by Michael – November 23, 2011 12:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Community and Cougar Town both deserve better treatment by their networks.

    Comment by matt – November 23, 2011 01:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • This hasn’t been a good week to be Abed.

      Comment by Michael Sacal – November 23, 2011 07:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Cool. Cool cool cool.

    Comment by aleksa – November 23, 2011 01:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • i use this saying at work a lot and have recently noticed coworkers using it as well. now i need to work on slap out of it. eat the sword. and making kick ass represent awful/crappy things.

      Comment by tigersmurfette – November 23, 2011 01:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Simply the smartest, wittiest, “awesomest” sitcom on any of the major networks. Only Happy Endings comes close – VERY close. How Community got forced into hiatus but Whitney got a full season order blows my mind! #donotcancelcommunity

    Comment by Louie – November 23, 2011 01:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • And that is why I love Community. Why do shows like this never get the attention they deserve? I’m really going to miss it when it’s on hiatus. :(

    Comment by LC – November 23, 2011 01:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Will never read this site again. Makes me sick to have to sit through Kardasses advertising. Never again.

    Comment by WTF – November 23, 2011 02:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • #sixseasonandamovie

    Comment by patttzor – November 23, 2011 04:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Funny gag….and it’s McPheever time again!!(Should have won her season)

    Comment by shaun – November 23, 2011 10:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is Arrested Development levels of brilliance. Wow the show just manages to be so crazy and ambitious!

    Comment by Matthew Thomas – November 23, 2011 11:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This show is for the retarted, people with taste and .. well taste avoid this complete disaster. I feel for you people. Waiting for a not funny show to get funny. Funny my @ss. It’s dumb, lame AND stupid. Look at the dork who says: This is Arrested Development levels of brilliance. That show sucked even more. Get real people and get ur heads out of your @sses.

    Comment by Yukkie B – November 24, 2011 12:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • When you can spell and speak in complete sentences, we might start taking you seriously. It’s a long shot, but….

      Comment by aleksa – November 24, 2011 09:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • No Yukkie, you are the one who is “retarted”. Does this mean you used to be a tart, and now are a tart again? You made my day. I just love a good moron comment. But, I will say, regarding Community, you know not of which you speak. It is one of the best written and acted shows on TV today. You sir/madam, are basically everything negative you said in your comment. No one would obviously take you seriously based on your poor spelling, grammar and elementary school name calling.

      Comment by @Yukkie B – November 26, 2011 04:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Community rocks. We need that show on tv, dammit!

    Comment by Meh – November 24, 2011 01:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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