TVLine Items: Community 'Toons Up, ABC Eyes New Shonda Drama, Game Night Stars and More

In time for Christmas, NBC’s Community has released a Yuletide-themed — and animated! — promo for Season 5, in which Chang makes like Rudolph, the Dean plays Santa and Jeff is simply bewildered.

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As it unspools, the sequence conspicuously {thanks, Annie!) spells out the scheduling for the cult-hit comedy, which returns Jan. 2 but not long thereafter makes way for NBC’s Winter Olympics coverage… and then returns.

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Read for more of today’s news nuggets? Well….

• ABC has picked up How to Get Away With Murder, a drama pilot from Grey’s Anatomy/Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes‘ production company. Penned by Scandal co-EP Peter Nowalk, the thriller follows a group of ambitious law students and their brilliant, mysterious criminal defense professor who become entangled in a murder plot, our sister site Deadline reports.

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• NBC’s Hollywood Game Night has revealed the full roster of celebs on hand for Season 2. In addition to Julie Bowen, Beth Behrs, Valerie Bertinelli, Lester Holt, Jason Alexander and Martin Short (who appear in the first half of the double-episode Jan. 20 premiere), the new cycle will feature Sean Hayes, Olivia Wilde, Jason Sudeikis, Allison Janney, Don Cheadle, Christina Applegate, Rosie O’Donnell, Penny Marshall, Chris Colfer, Taryn Manning, Donald Faison, Kaley Cuoco, Alison Sweeney, Fred Willard, Breckin Meyer, Mark-Paul Gosselaar…


Taraji P. Henson, Angela Kinsey, Jenna Elfman, Molly Shannon, Ellie Kemper, Bob Harper, Joel Madden, Nate Berkus, Erika Christensen, Michelle Trachtenberg, Mel B., Padma Lakshmi, Michael Weatherly, Yvette Nicole Brown, Anthony Anderson, Tiffani Thiessen, Pete Wentz, Adam Scott, Gary Dell’abate, Retta, Michael Chiklis, Tom Lennon, Paget Brewster, Mario Lopez, Alyssa Milano, Cobie Smulders, Taran Killam, Angie Harmon, Mark Feuerstein, Mayim Bialik and (whew!) Henry Winkler.

• Famed playwright David Mamet is developing for Fox a limited series in which the seven deadly sins — envy, gluttony, greed, lust, pride, sloth and peanut butter M&Ms watching that TLC reality show wrath — will serve as a backdrop of a series of interconnected stories, Variety reports.

• Nickelodeon has renewed The Thundermans for Season 2, The Hollywood Reporter reports.

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