The cast of Community were in high spirits after winning the best comedy prize at last night's Critics' Choice TV Awards. Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, and Alison Brie admitted that they're surprised by the series' success. Find out what the over-the-moon group had to say, and make sure to check out all of our Critics Choice Television Awards coverage.
The first annual Critics' Choice Television Awards brought together some of TV's best this afternoon at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The shows that took home the biggest wins of the day were best drama series Mad Men and best comedy series Modern Family, but many individual actors were honored for their work as well. Busy Philipps embraced Elijah Wood, who presented her with her statuette for best supporting actress in a comedy, before giving an emotional speech on the podium. Sarah Michelle Gellar also took the stage to dole out an honor as she gears up for her own return to the small screen this Fall. She'll star in the new show The Ringer, which requires her to play dual roles as twin sisters on the CW. Lots of stars took advantage of the chance to catch up and pose for pictures backstage. Busy cracked jokes with The Office's B.J. Novak, Jon Hamm got silly with his best leading actor in a drama award, and Modern Family's Sarah Hyland said hello to Community's Danny Pudi. TV fans who want to see all of today's action unfold can tune into the Critics' Choice Television Awards this Wednesday night at 8 p.m., EDT, on the Reelz Channel.
Jon Hamm, Courteney Cox, and More Small-Screen Stars Step Out For the Critics' Choice Television Awards
Some of TV's most popular actors made appearances at today's inaugural Critics' Choice Television Awards. The festivities were held at the Beverly Hills Hotel to honor shows across categories that included reality, comedy, and drama. Cougar Town stars Courteney Cox and Busy Philipps were both on hand for the luncheon, and cable series were also well represented, with Sam Trammell attending ahead of True Blood's season four premiere on June 26. Jon Hamm and Christina Hendricks from Mad Men were also there, and she picked up the very first honor of the afternoon, splitting the award for best supporting actress in a drama series with Justified actor Margo Martindale. Jon followed suit shortly after when when he was announced as the winner of best lead actor in a drama series. Fans of the show have a while longer to wait before Don Draper and his cohorts return to TV. New episodes are expected to be absent from the airwaves until March of 2012, though filming resumes next month.
Joel McHale and his Community costars were out in Beverly Hills last night for their PaleyFest panel. The cast recently finished wrapping their Pulp Fiction-themed episode and Gillian Jacobs told us that while she dons Uma Thurman's famous black wig, she sadly didn't get to parody the movie's classic dance scene. Gillian and the rest of the actors also gave us a few hints about the upcoming, two-part season closer. Lost star Josh Holloway pays a special visit to Greendale Community College in the finale and apparently everyone was enamored with the sexy actor. Daniel Pudi had high hopes to catch Josh using Sawyer-esque nicknames on set and Yvette Nicole Brown was distracted by his dimples. Joel even joked that their characters might share a kiss! The Hangover 2's Ken Jeong revealed that the highly anticipated sequel is "funnier" and "raunchier" than the first one, saying, "We upped the ante." Check out today's PopSugar Rush to watch all our interviews with Joel, Gillian, Ken, and more.
Community has been rocking the Thursday night comedy block, and this week's episode should be no different. In "Intro to Political Science," the gang preps for a student body election when they hear that Greendale is expecting a visit from Vice President Joe Biden. The ensemble's stars Alison Brie and Danny Pudi got on the phone with reporters to talk about the episode, which will also feature Annie and Jeff running against each other in the election, and Abed and Troy taking part as news anchors.
Will we see anything happen between Annie and Jeff in the future?
Alison Brie: You know, I still think that Annie holds a little flame for Jeff. We saw [it] in an episode when we first came back and Rich comes on the scene; you can tell that Jeff gets a little bit jealous. I think that there is a bit of a push and pull between the two of them, and actually in this episode that we're talking about, there's a bit of that tension there as well, throughout the election. I think that their bumping heads kind of fuels more of that. I think that anytime they're together, there's a bit of that, because it can't exist, or because it's controversial. I think that makes it dangerous and interesting, and obviously to Annie, it's exciting to have a crush on an older guy, and she continues to try to challenge Jeff in that way. That spark is not totally dead. You may catch glimpses of it in this episode. We shall see . . . we'll have to wait and see if it amounts to anything.
What TV or movie references can we look for in this week's episode?
AB: I felt like we were actually basing it more on real life and coverage of actual political events. There's a bit of Hillary Clinton, I think, for what Annie is doing, and maybe even some Bill Clinton for what Jeff is doing. We tried to keep it pretty political.
DP: And I play Chelsea Clinton.
AB: Which is great because his hair is super curly.
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