Earlier this week when I posted a promotional video NBC released for season three of its cultish sitcom “Community,” I questioned if using John Goodman’s new recurring role and Jim Rash’s promotion to series regular was really the best choice for getting eyeballs glued to the telly. They will both, undoubtedly, be excellent in the upcoming episodes, and it’s possible (as commenter
Paultera admin pointed out) Goodman’s presence will do for “Community” what Danny DeVito’s did for “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.” The former star of “Roseanne” and frequent Coen brothers collaborator definitely has the comedy credibility, but this show is already stacked with comedy cred and should really be building an audience using its entire, hilarious arsenal.
Well, it seems someone at NBC at least agrees with me in theory, as this brand new trailer for the third season of “Community” contains the entire cast in fairly equal measure. It also includes a choreographed musical number. And, yes, I do believe it is an original song:
Though the song’s lyrics claim that the show/characters/stories will “have more fun and be less weird than the first two years combined,” I sincerely hope only the first part of that is true. Other than that unlikely tidbit, however, the video doesn’t reveal much about the new season, nor should it really do anything beyond build excitement for the new episodes. That, I think, it does quite nicely. Yet, I did catch a glimpse of Chevy Chase sitting at the group’s cafeteria table, with everyone around him laughing (perhaps forcefully?). So even though Pierce left the group at the end of season two’s finale, that will likely not last the entire season. Maybe that’s a spoiler? Oops?
Regardless, the video was fun and I can’t wait for this show to return on September 22 at 8pm/7pm CT. Mark and ‘member that date, study group!
As a bonus, here’s a music video by Manhattan folkists Jones Street Station, which seems to star Danny Pudi as Danny Pudi Who Plays Abed On “Community” in a Zach Braffian leading man role — it’s very meta real life. The video itself is worth posting because not only does the actor get to play outside of his best friend comfort zone, but the song ain’t too shabby, neither. Plus, one only puts Abed in one’s music video because you want to cultivate fans of “Community.” People like you and me. Enjoy:
And, hey, since it’s Friday, here’s two more musical numbers from “Community” season two, which are extra special because the heretofore unmentioned Yvette Nicole Brown kind of steals both of them, even though in one she’s a Claymation baby. Again, enjoy!
Rob Payne also writes the indie comic The Unstoppable Force, co-hosts the internet radio show We’re Not Fanboys, and grinds some gears on the Twitter machine @RobOfWar. He idolizes “Community” and “Sarah Silverman Program” co-/creator Dan Harmon like some people idolize Lady Gaga.