‘Community’: Joel McHale Teases Monkeys, Mayhem & Murray?

by | September 15, 2011 at 9:12 AM | Community, Fall TV Preview 2011

The Greendale gang is back when Season 3 of “Community” cozies up in our living rooms on Sept. 22 with fresh blood  – John Goodman, Michael K. Williams, and fingers-crossed hope-hope-hope Bill Murray – and a polarizing love story.

Goodman and Williams will take over lead antagonist roles this season from Chevy Chase‘s Pierce. The former “Roseanne” star joins for six episodes as Vice Dean Laybourne, who is dean of the Air Conditioning Repair Annex at Greendale. “The Wire’s” Williams comes on as Professor Kane, an ex-con and biology teacher, who makes Jeff’s (Joe McHale) life hell.

But the storyline “Community” diehards are foaming at the mouth for is the Jeff and Annie (Alison Brie) relationship. Yes, it’s on. McHale and Goodman chatted up reporters to dish on that and much more.

Preview The Third Season Of “Community”:

Here we go….

Monkeys! Nightsticks! & Matches, Oh My! Season 3 as a whole, according to McHale, will be “bigger if that’s even possible” than last season. “It’s action-packed and it’s like we are making a movie every week, lots of specialty shots, densely packed as a wonderful lasagna,” he reveals. He also teased the following other props for the season: “There is poisonous gas. There are monkeys, nightsticks, and there will be about 12 or 13,000 boxes of matches.”

The Premiere Explodes with the Sound of Music: “It is an over-the-top very large musical number with crane shots and steamers and explosions and the entire school is involved. I don’t want to say the reason for it but let’s just say that I did pull a couple hamstrings and I was hoarse afterwards but it’s the first thing you see in the premiere episode and if that doesn’t grab your attention then we’re in big trouble,” McHale said, adding that the premiere scene where he gets to “run in with an ax and start chopping the study table” was “pretty dang fun” too.

John Goodman Returns to Comedy: While he’s on board for six episodes of “Community,” he said he would love to return to comedic TV full time. “You betcha!” he said. On why “Community,” he said, “The cast. It’s a wonderful ensemble; the writing is out there. It’s just not a typical situation comedy sitcom. It’s risky. I’m just dying to get back into comedy again. I’ve been doing pretty heavy guys lately so it’s nice to lighten up.”

Jeff & Annie: It’s Sooo On! Jeff and Annie or Jeff and Britta (Gillian Jacobs)? That is the question for the first two seasons, but season three is all about the former. “I can tell you that that relationship will develop further on the romantic end of things much to the chagrin of half the audience at least who comment on message boards,” said McHale.” It’s divided right down the middle – ‘Oh it’s soo sweet’… ‘It’s disgusting.’”

Jeff Confronts His Daddy (Bill Murray?) Issues: “My father will become present in the series,” said McHale. “Jeff has a lot of father issues and so that that will be dealt with. According to [show creator] Dan [Harmon], my character is going to kind of be put through hell. I’m looking forward to taking the journey.” As for the hope that Murray will be cast as his father, McHale said, “I know they would like to get him that would be great but I don’t know anything more than that.” Fingers and toes crossed, folks. Fingers and toes crossed!

“The Wire” Badass Wreaks Havoc: “My adversary at this point is going to be Michael K. Williams and the first episode that is definitely revealed,” said McHale. “Let me tell you, he can be really scary. His acting is just great because it’s scary and intimidating. I think it will be a really good rivalry. He has a lot more power over Jeff.”

John Goodman vs. Dean Pelton: Goodman described his character’s relationship with Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) as such: “He’s got his privates in a vice, Dean Pelton. He’s an unseen unknown force on campus and Dean Pelton was feeding his oats and now he’s having his oats fed to him.” McHale describes Goodman’s character’s world as a “Darth Vader-like empire that is the air conditional repair school and my guess is it’s gonna get really hairy in a couple of episodes. He’s like Darth Vader and Donald Glover’s character, Troy, is like Luke Skywalker.”

“Community” returns on Thursday,  Sept. 22 at 8/7c on NBC.

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