‘Community’: Five Things to Watch for This Season
John Goodman lays down the law at Greendale this season (Colleen Hayes/NBC)
John Goodman rules the school
Step aside, Dean Pelton: There's a new dean in town. "Roseanne" star John Goodman returns to his TV comedy roots as Vice Dean Laybourne, the imposing head of Greendale's highly touted air conditioning repair annex. Star Joel McHale (Jeff) says we find out this season that the A/C annex "is the most profitable part of the school, so they have all the power." Look for an epic battle of wills between Laybourne and the school's wet-noodle administrator, Dean Pelton (Jim Rash). We'd normally put our money on Laybourne, but Dean Pelton did attend "Dean Camp" this summer and came back sporting a mean goatee, so... yeah, Laybourne's going to crush him.
And Omar Little is in the house, too
Beloved by TV junkies for his iconic role as gangster Omar Little on HBO's "The Wire," Michael K. Williams joins the "Community" cast as well this season; he plays the study group's new biology teacher, Professor Kane. "He's a biology major, he's been to prison," Williams explains, "and he's come out here to teach the fine white kids of Greendale how hard it is to get an education in prison." Co-star Alison Brie (Annie) says having new blood like Goodman and Williams onboard "really sheds a light on how weird the [study] group is. It makes us all seem so bizarre." Oh c'mon, Alison: You guys do a fine job of that on your own.
"Community" star Joel McHale tells us what to expect this season:
Pierce goes his own way
Last season ended with ornery old coot Pierce (Chevy Chase) finally walking away from the study group after antagonizing them all season with petty pranks. And the new school year does begin with Pierce flying solo -- which fans might not mind, since he was such a villain last year. But Chase defends his character (sort of), saying Pierce is "not so much a villain as just really below par in the IQ department. He's a bigot… but he's not going to change a lot. You can't teach an old dog new tricks. [Pause] I just made that up."