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It hurts to say it, but last night was the beginning of the end for Community fans. The beloved but ratings-lacking show premiered the first episode of what looks to be its fourth and final season. But while it will hurt to say goodbye to such an amazing bit of television, we can all take solace in the fact that everyone involved with the series is more than talented enough to find more work. Take, for example, star Joel McHale, who has just landed a starring role in a new feature comedy.
The Hollywood Reporter has learned that McHale, Lauren Graham and Robin Williams have all signed on to star A Friggin' Christmas Miracle, a new holiday-themed comedy from Wreck-It Ralph scribe Phil Johnston. The project actually has multiple Community ties beyond the actor, as Tristram Shapeero, who also happened to direct last night's premiere, will be making his feature debut with the film and Joe and Anthony Russo, who produce the NBC show, are involved as well.
In the story, McHale and Graham will play Boyd and Luann Mitchler, a married couple who find themselves forced to spend the holiday's with Boyd's dad "and his family of misfits." Problems surface, however, when Boyd realizes that he forgot his children's gifts at home, forcing him to go on a roadtrip with his father and younger brother to retrieve them before Christmas Day. Production on the movie will begin in Atlanta next month.
McHale and Williams may be new to the Christmas movie game, but we can't forget Graham's great turn in Terry Zwigoff's Bad Santa. If this movie is even half as good as that film we should be in for a treat.