Who comes back and who doesn’t?
Community fans received some good news this week as NBC Universal’s Peacock announced that the popular comedy series would officially end with a movie. Throughout the show’s six-year run, actors came and went from the show. Here’s what we know so far about who’s coming back and who’s not.
Dan Harmon returns to write and produce the film
Community aired its pilot episode in 2009. The Dan Harmon-created sitcom centers on a group of friends attending Greendale Community College. Harmon was fired as showrunner after three seasons of work on Community but was rehired for Season 5. After NBC canceled the series, it was revived by Yahoo! Screen for a sixth and final season.
According to Deadline, Harmon will return to writing and executive producing Community: The Movie. Some fans felt the series had gone down in quality without Harmon, who is known for his work on other shows such as rick and morty and Krapopolis.
Community: The Movie intends to bring back stars from the original series, according to Peacock press release. Joel McHale will return as Jeff Winger, a former attorney who dated Greendale after being suspended by the state bar for lying about a bachelor’s degree.
Several of Jeff’s classmates from the original study group will also be featured in Community: The Movie. According to the press release, Britta Perry (Gillian Jacobs), Annie Edison (Alison Brie) and Abed Nadir (Danny Pudi) are set to appear in the film.
Also back for Community: the movie is Jim Rash, who played Greendale’s eccentric Dean Craig Pelton, and Kim Jeong, whose character Ben Chang has played many roles throughout the series.
Some Original Study Group Members Won’t Return
Notably, several actors who portrayed members of the original study group are not mentioned in the press release for Community: The Movie. They include Chevy Chase, Donald Glover and Yvette Nicole Brown.
Chevy Chase portrayed Pierce Hawthorne, an arrogant and ignorant millionaire who enrolled in Greendale out of boredom. According to ScreenRant, Chase and NBC agreed that it would be best for him to leave the show after Chase got angry and used a racial slur while filming a scene in Episode 4. Pierce was also killed in the series.
Donald Glover left his role as Troy Barnes for personal reasons. Glover had other projects he intended to focus on, including his music career as Childish Gambino. He has since created the series Atalantawhich aired its fourth and final season this year.
Finally, Yvette Nicole Brown, who played Shirley Bennett, does not appear to be returning for the film. Brown’s character, Shirley, was a divorcing Christian mother on the show. According to ScreenRant, Brown left the show after Season 5 to care for her ailing father.
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