Funny man Joel McHale shrugs off the flurry of headlines that hit the internet after he was quoted saying he’s not allowed to talk about the Kardashians on his E! “The Soup.”
“That was a misquote. I make fun of the Kardashians every week, people can tell you. What I can’t do,” he stresses, “is say anything about their sex tape. That is the thing I’m not really supposed to talk about or make fun of.”
If ever you’re not sure whether McHale is joking, remember, the smart money is on the side of yes, he is.
But he’s serious when he says he’s grateful that his NBC “Community” is coming back for a third season Sept. 22. New network chieftain Robert Greenblatt “was instrumental in that, and God bless the man. We’re so happy to be back.” Still, the show is in one of the most hotly-contested timeslots on the fall schedule, Thursday nights oppose Simon Cowell’s new “X Factor” on Fox, the “Charlie’s Angels” reboot on ABC — plus “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS and “Vampire Diaries” on the CW. McHale is also serious when he says he hopes they keep their viewership.
The DVD release of Season 2 this coming Tuesday (9/6) might help that along. It contains such critics’ and audience favorites of the inventive, off-beat comedy as the zombie Halloween episode, the all-stop-animation Christmas episode, and the two-part “A Fistful of Paintballs” and “For a Few Paintballs More.”
According to McHale, the show is already in production on its fifth episode for the new season. So he can assure us, “There’s gunplay, there’s fire, there’s live animals — all kinds of crazy stuff is happening” for viewers to look forward to.
He hasn’t had any scenes with “Community’s” latest high-profile new teacher, John Goodman, so far — but he’s enough of a fan that he’s been standing by setside to watch the star of stage, screen and “Roseanne” fame at work.
“He’s great. He’s playing the Vice Dean of the Air Conditioning Repair School,” reports McHale. “It turns out there’s this whole other part of the school we didn’t know about that’s the only profitable part of the school.”
Also new to the zany community college at the heart of the comedy is “The Wire’s” Omar Williams. “He’s the new biology teacher” — who has a criminal background.