Community: What's in Store for the Rest of Season 3


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We're still taking champagne and chicken-finger baths in celebration of this week's announcement that NBC has re-scheduled Community. For those who are streets behind, the NBC comedy will return on Thursday, March 15 in its old 8pm slot, and run through the rest of the season.

So what can we expect when it comes back? Let's review what we know about the second half of Season 3, which isn't a whole lot, but does include a shocking storyline and some cool guest stars.



Gus Fring Will Guest-Star

Giancarlo Esposito, who played one of the scariest TV villains of all time on AMC's Breaking Bad, will drop by for an episode. He's playing a man named Gilbert, the longtime assistant to Pierce Hawthorne's racist business mogul dad. The folk behind Community went after him because they're also fans of Breaking Bad (obviously), and the role of Gilbert called for someone who can stay calm, which Esposito did with ease as Gus Fring on the AMC hit. According to TV Guide, the role was pitched to him very late, and he accepted because "normally when they try to get someone of note to come on the show it falls through, so [he] decided to make their dreams come true." We sense a bit of sarcasm and a lot of awesomeness. [TV Guide]



Someone Will Die

We covered this last week, but basically, Joel McHale admitted that a character we've seen a lot will be killed off. His remarks also implied the soon-to-be-ex-character will be male. But who will it be? It won't be a member of the main cast. Leonard? Starburns? The Human Being (who is genderless, technically)? We'll have to wait to find out. [TV Guide]



The "I'm a PC" Guy Is Dropping By

Actor John Hodgman, who's probably best known as the PC foil to Justin Long's Mac in the popular series of Apple ads and who is also a correspondent on The Daily Show, will guest-star in a later episode of the season. Details of his role are being kept under wraps, but apparently landing Hodgman was a dream of series creator Dan Harmon's. Let's hope the role makes good use of Hodgman's mustache. [THR]



There Will Be a Law & Order Parody

There aren't a whole lot of details on episode plots out there, but one that we know is coming includes an homage to the long-running crime procedural Law & Order. The episode even has a fantastic title that honors Dick Wolf, the creator of the show: "Basic Lupine Urology." And early word says the trademark "DUN-DUN" will be used. We find the idea of this episode to be GUILTY! Of getting us excited! Side note: I have been held in contempt of court for being corny. [TV Line]



Alan Connor Will Return for the Finale

The newsiest news of Community news is that Rob Corddry will return to the show for the Season 3 finale. If you'll recall, Corddry played Jeff's classmate from law school Alan Connor, the man who turned Jeff in for not having a legitimate law degree. The two will battle each other in a sort-of mock trial on campus, with Alan representing Pierce in a case against Shirley, who'll be represented by Jeff. The dispute is over a sandwich business that the two started. Apparently this is different from the Law & Order episode. [EW]



War Will Break Out

Troy and Abed will revisit their fondness for blanket forts, this time building a mega-complex out of comforters in an attempt to break the world record. But the pressure of making the most awesome sheet structure gets to them and... they turn on each other, leaving the rest of the gang to choose sides in a two-episode battle! How could you choose between Troy and Abed? That's like choosing sides in a pillow fight between Annie and Britta. [TV Line]


Which upcoming Community guest-star or storyline are you looking forward to most?


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Why is this article so filled with Britta hate!? We all love this show. We all want it to get #sixseasonsandamovie. We're all fighting for it. Why alienate the already existing Community fans when we need more? I love this show but Britta is my favourite character. I look forward to her episodes and love having such a strong and different female character on TV who also happens to be the most "normal" and screwed-up human just going with what she's given.



I love all the characters being a family and that everybody, even Pierce, is accepted and appreciated by the group. I love Troy's and Abed's hilarious and awesome side adventures and tags, Annie's crazy bubbly charisma, Britta's insecurity and actual sincerity, Jeff's epic speeches that bring them together, Shirley's, "Oh! that's nice!", "Sweetie-pie" and Motherly love. I even love Pierce, not because he's racist, old or makes bad jokes, but because he never really got taught to be a good person but he still sometimes manages to pull off being one when someone needs it without realising. I love all the other characters too; Chang, Dean Pelton, Leonard, Starburns, Vicky, Fa-Er... Neil, Professor Duncan, Annie's Boobs (the monkey, gosh) etc. (I can't list the WHOLE cast)



I love this SHOW not just one character. I love everything about it. People who infatuate themselves with one character while bagging the others love the CHARACTER not the SHOW. The show is the whole world Dan Harmon created, the adventures and the friendships of these people. So why do we do these fan fights? Why? If we love this show why don't we appreciate all of it. Must we lower ourselves to the level of Twilight fans? (I don't hate Twilight but the fan wars over Team Edward, Team Jacob are getting RIDICULOUS) One of my absolute favourite things that makes me follow this show crazily is how much other fans love this show. They don't just tune in because it's the only thing on, they tune in because they ADORE the show and all it's characters. We're loyal viewers. We're like like a Community loving Community. Don't spoil the genius of the show please. Britta is my favourite character on TV right now but Community is by far my favourite cast as a whole. If you don't like one of the characters then please don't make fun of them and please don't start competitions for who's the best because we have to be TEAM COMMUNITY if we want to keep the show on the air.
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If you hate Britta so much don't watch the show! Dan Harmon mentioned in a commentary for an episode that she's secretly his favourite character and he wouldn't have her in the show if she wasn't a good character. As it happens, she's my favourite. Maybe you just don't get her.
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I would rather have David Mitchell be the guest star.
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NBC should move Parks, UAN to Mondays at Seven Central since Fox moved Touch to Thursdays after Idol. Better yet move Community to freaking 8;30 on Thursdays. LOL
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Giancarlo Esposito.I cant wait to see him after dying in breaking bad.In a pillow fight Annie 100 %.She has BIG BOOBS.The other vote is for ABED.
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I'm already having a panic attack thinking about Troy and Abed fighting. I know I couldn't choose sides. My brain would explode even trying.
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Can't wait for Community to return!
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I'm just eager to see Community back on the air again.
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OMG! YAY!!!
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In a pillow fight I would so be on Annie's side it ain't even funny.
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It's like Christmas in March
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omg im so fricking excited!!!!!!
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I think I'm most excited about the two-part blanket fort episode. The first blanket fort episode was one of my favorites. And, between Annie and Britta, I'd pick Annie hands down.
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Why does everyone do these Britta Vs. Annie fan fights? Are you all Twilight Fans? They're stupid and streets behind IMO and really very insulting to Britta fans (I know I'm insulted) who are obviously outnumbered and who most likely love the show AS much as you if they're reading this. I happen to love Britta AND Annie. I ask you, if all you get out of this amazing genius show is a popularity contest then why do you bother watching it? Why not watch Whitney? Or 2 and a Half Men? Or any other show?



Besides that popularity contests can't judge how good characters are. It often means one character is more complicated then the other... Britta has a lot of traits that make her annoying when viewed in the wrong way and really sincere, unsure and interesting in the right way. Annie is much easier to understand, not because she's a stereotype but because her traits are very evident in her actions. Annie is very open in how she feels. Britta is very closed and unwilling to admit her emotions and so many people only "get" her character when she has a rare moment of being weak and vulnerable and opens herself that way (usually when she snaps) and then go back to, "she's so annoying" the next week when she doesn't have an emotional break down and tells everyone exactly what's going though her head (I'm, not saying Annie does, though she does a lot and that's not bad, I'm talking about her only showing emotions during breakdowns). If Britta was as open as Annie she wouldn't be Britta at all... She'd be a different person entirely and not nearly as cool as she is. I also stand as one of few people who think Annie, Britta and Shirley are all very pretty but in their own distinct way. I'm siding with Gillian in saying TEAM COMMUNITY!
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Thank god Community is coming back. I just saw Joel McHale at the Writer's Guild Awards and he cracked me up as usual. While the interview is short, he still managed to get a couple cracks in there! Check it out http://youtu.be/HMuSytHw4mg
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Law & Order me, please! And John Hodgman is great news too.
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Anyone else want them to do a promo like Mad Men's? Comedy...is back.
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Hell yeah!! The funniest tv show on television is back.
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I'm so happy right now :) Can't wait for thiis show to be on my tv again!
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So excited to finally see all of this awesomeness finally play out!
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SIX SEASONS AND A MOVIE!
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Looking forard to the most? Isn't that like picking your favorite child? Sophie's Choice? I'm so excited that it will be back that I don't care which one is best, I want to watch them all, forever! Okay, I may have excitedly over-exaggerated there, but I have never been so excited for a random day in March in my life!
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Choosing between Abed and Troy is much more difficult than Annie and Britta...Annie all the time. As for choosing between Abed and Troy, I would probably pull a Britta and attempt to mediate.
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I am so happy! Cancelling this show would have been madness.

So, I'm most excited about the season finale, however, not because of Rob Corddry. I'm really wondering if they will manage to pull off another great paintball episode!!!
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I want the return of evil troy and evil Abed
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I just can't wait! I'll probably watch every new episode 2 or 3 times!
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I'd definitely choose Annie in a pillow fight over Britta, as long as the fight lasted at least an hour and it ended with Britta being suffocated. God, Britta is the worst, ugh.
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Britta's my favourite character and never get's any appreciation... Plus she's won in every fight so far on the show with Annie so I'd team with her... Besides... If there was going to be a pillow fight I'd rather it to be a ridiculously blown out proportion fight between Jeff and the Dean or better yet the whole group: Britta, Annie, Shirley Vs. Troy, Abed Vs. Jeff, Dean Pelton Vs. Pierce and then right at the end Jeff would end up turning on Dean Pelton and everyone would stop to watch, only tearing their eyes away when Chang appears and makes a terrible pun.
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All of these sound like great ideas or guest appearances.



Giancarlo Esposito being on the show is awesome; my level of anticipation is timid though based on the tiny roles John Goodman and Michael K. Williams have also had.



As awesome as the war between Troy and Abed sounds, I think I'm a little more excited for Rob Corddry's return.
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I'm looking forward to the storyline where they return March 15, 7PM CDT only on NBC.
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What about Jeff graduating?
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So happy that NBC finally came to their senses. The question is, have they fully come to their senses, and made sure there will be a season 4??



Also, Annie, all the time. ;)
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Annie would be my pick 100% of the time.
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omg, so looking forward to a awar will break out episode!!!
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I am looking forward to all of them.
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