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"Community" Season 3 Promo Is Good, Man, John Goodman. But Is He Really The Show's trongest Selling Point? (WARNING: There Be Man-Flesh Here; Lady-Flesh, Too.)

By Rob Payne | Trailers | August 30, 2011 |

By Rob Payne | Trailers | August 30, 2011 |

For those who weren’t aware, situation comedy “Community” will have one of the most under appreciated actors — in terms of “official” awards and accolades — of the last few decades, John Goodman, in a large supporting role in its upcoming third season. For those who are excited about this news, this new promotional teaser released by the National Broadcasting Corporation for the said third season of said sitcom “Community” is fairly delightful, illustrating in a few seconds how Goodman’s Assistant Dean is one of the show’s newest sources of dramatic tension and comedic beats. (I will be interested in seeing how/if they do Michael K. Williams’, as the new Greendale biology teacher.) Fans of Jim Rash’s bizarrely sympathetic Dean Pelton should be also be sufficiently pleased, as this belies his new status as a series regular:

While I really like the above video, I wonder if maybe “Community” deprivation has simply left me starving, so any bit of sustenance from the show feels, well, filling. I can’t help but question why NBC doesn’t use more of their core attributes in the study group, and I mean just generally speaking, as the network does very little to promote it outside of web videos. And if they really want eyeballs on this amazing show, they ought to show off some of their more, ahem, gratuitous strengths.

Including but not limited to Gillian Jacobs and Alison Brie…






…and Joel “Jeff Winger” McHale…





…and Childish Gambino himself; he is Donald Glover:





Sorry, ladies and some dudes, but I had to start with Ms. Brie and Ms. Jacobs, and I didn’t mean to cause any undue stress. I’m sure you understand. And if none of those are your cupp’a, then Ken Jeong is surely an itch that you (for reasons I care not to investigate) desperately need scratched:




“I think for TV you need naked bodies to be good looking.” Right on, Dr. Ken! Seriously, there’s too much hotness to be contained here, even sarcastically, and did I mention that “Community” is also one of the funniest damn shows currently on the air? The end credits sequence below is better than the entirety of any single episode of “The Big Bang Theory.” And if that doesn’t float your boat, two words (that are technically one word when combined together): Paintball.

Just watch “Community” when it returns to NBC Thursdays at 8pm EST on September 22. You could do a helluvalot worse, but you can’t do much better. This is not an advertisement, it’s a public service announcement.

Rob Payne also writes the indie comic book The Unstoppable Force, co-hosts the internet radio show We’re Not Fanboys, and tweets twitisms @RobOfWar on the Twitter machine.

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