Dan Harmon has returned to his flagship production, NBC’s kooky meta-comedy Community, but unfortunately the fans may not have followed suit. Oh god: are we living in the darkest timeline, after all? Last night’s season five premiere — which found Harmon back in the creative drivers’ seat after being fired prior to season four — featured two back-to-back episodes and averaged 3.4 million viewers. But there's hope to be had, still, people of Greendale!
It’s been more than seven months since we last got to see a new episode of Community, but that all ends tonight in a fairly big way. With Dan Harmon once again taking the helm after being announced as the returning showrunner this past summer, the NBC comedy will be kicking off its fifth season with an episode titled “Re-Pilot” that changes just about everything we know about Jeff Winger, Britta Perry, Abed Nadir, Troy Barnes, Annie Edison, and Shirley Bennett.
When hearing that Community’s latest promo was a spoof of Mad Men, the first two thoughts that came to mind was the slow silhouette of Jeff Winger falling from a building, or something involving Annie, as Alison Brie is a pretty notable common thread between the two series. But Community took it one step better, not by spoofing Mad Men so much as spoofing the relatively useless and overly teasy Mad Men episode promos,
This week NBC has pulled out all the stops to promote Season 5 of Community. This week the network put together a special animated trailer that features Jeff Winger suited up and ready for the holidays.
It’s a repilot! That’s actually the title of Community’s Season 5 premiere (“Repilot”) and as Abed puts it in the newest trailer for the beloved NBC comedy, repiloting can be intense. This is followed by a great meta response from Troy commenting on the audacity of Zach Braff to bail on Scrubs after everything the series did for him.
Community Season 5 spoilers ahead! The new trailer for the anticipated fifth season of Community plays like a movie trailer, complete with a sad look at Joel McHale’s Jeff Winger losing it all, as movie people tend to do, before he becomes the center of a Scrubs-like overhaul on the series — this, according to Abed’s description — and returns to Greendale to educate. The student becomes the teacher.
Because it’s not set to return until 2014, Community’s fifth season premiere seems like it’s much further away than it actually is. In truth, January 2 is less than a month away, which puts us in the weeks-to-go part of the countdown to the return of Greendale. The above teaser tells us as much, as it indicates that NBC’s ready to start reminding people that school is almost back in session!
Awesomely enough, Banks' presence on the show won't be the only connection to Breaking Bad that Community will have this season. Earlier this month it was reported that Vince Gillian himself would have a role in an upcoming episode and will be playing a “a smooth-talking gold-digger.”
David Cross is guesting on Community next season? Try not to blue yourself over this news, but it’s happening, and I think I speak for all of us when I say, huzzah! The Arrested Development star is Greendale Community-bound, and joins the continuously growing list of guest stars set to appear in the NBC comedy at some point in its upcoming fifth season.
Season 5 of Community adds another showrunner… to its list of guest stars, that is. Last week we shared the news that Arrested Development showrunner Mitchell Hurwitz had signed on to guest star in the NBC comedy, and this week comes word that Breaking Bad mastermind Vince Gilligan will also be putting in a bit of face-time at Greendale Community College.
Most of Mitchell Hurwitz’ credits involve writing, including his series Arrested Development, but he’s been known to drop by a TV series here and there for a little guest appearance. He guest starred on Comedy Central’s Workaholics back in 2011 — the stars of the show in turn cameoed in Arrested Development’s fourth season this year — and Hurwitz appeared in Kroll Show this year. Coming next year, we’ll see him in an episode of Community.
There's bad news and good news, which do you want first? We'll start with the good news: Community has a return date! The comedy will return for Season 5 on January 2. Better news is that's a Thursday, in other words, not a Friday or any other non-Thursday day. Of course, for Community to have a spot on Thursday's line-up, one comedy would have to step aside, and it looks like it's Welcome to the Family that's getting the axe.
Community is gearing up for its fifth season on NBC. The network has yet to announce when the comedy will be making its big return, but we do know the show is at least filming, thanks to some awesome set photos posted by Alison Brie today. On Tuesday, the actress was on the Community set hanging out with star Joel McHale and none other than Nathan Fillion.
Remember almost two years ago there was that photo of Nathan Fillion lounging around the Community set and we all hoped there'd be a guest appearance from the Firefly star, and then there wasn't one? Well, there's going to be one. I like to think Nathan Fillion's been draped over the Greendale Community College study room table this entire time and we just never noticed him, but more than likely, he's returning to the set for this confirmed guest appearance. And as a major bonus, it's the same episode that Jonathan Banks (Mike from Breaking Bad) will be appearing in.
Community squeaked its way through the ratings enough to earn a fifth season renewal at NBC, which was a miracle in a year where nearly every comedy series on the network (thankfully sans Parks and Rec) was scrapped. The show isn’t expected to return to NBC’s schedule until this winter (probably), but fans of the series will be happy to learn that the show is casting for the new season, signing on Rob Corddry and Jonathan Banks.