It’s always big news when NBC adds a new show to their coveted Thursday night lineup and this fall, that show is Community, a comedy series about a lawyer who has to return to college when he finds out his degree was deemed invalid.

Below is NBC’s description for the series:

Community - From Emmy Award-winning directors Joe and Anthony Russo (Arrested Development) comes Community, a smart comedy series about higher education…and lower expectations. The student body at Greendale Community College is made up of high-school losers, newly- divorced housewives, and old people who want to keep their minds active as they circle the drain of eternity. Within these not-so-hallowed halls, Community focuses on a band of misfits, at the center of which is a fast-talkin’ lawyer whose degree has been revoked (Joel McHale, The Soup), who form a study group and, in Breakfast Club fashion, end up learning a lot more about themselves than they do about their course work.

In addition to McHale, the series also stars Gillian Jacobs (The Book of Daniel); Yvette Nicole Brown (Rules of Engagement); Danny Pudi (Greek); Alison Brie (Mad Men); and comedy legend Chevy Chase (Chuck). Community is produced by Krasnoff Foster Entertainment, Harmonious Claptrap and Murray Hill in association with Sony Pictures Television. Russ Krasnoff (The Soloist), Dan Harmon (The Sarah Silverman Program), Joe Russo (Arrested Development), Anthony Russo (Arrested Development) and Gary Foster (The Soloist) serve as executive producers. Joe and Anthony Russo directed the pilot that was written by Dan Harmon.

Joel McHale on NBC! I’m in! Anyone who regularly watches The Soup knows McHale’s got the whole fast-talking thing down. But on the popular E! clip show, McHale is host. Now we’ll get to see whether or not the man can act and whether he’s as funny in this role as he is when he’s delivering quick-witted quips.

Community will air Thursdays on NBC (9:30-10 p.m. ET).

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