Fall TV Preview

Community Scoop: John Goodman Registers as Greendale's Latest Foe

Forget City College — the Greendale Human Beings will encounter a new adversary in Community‘s third season: Mister John Goodman.

TVLine can confirm that Goodman will recur in at least six episodes of NBC’s quirky comedy as Vice Dean Laybourne, the head of Greendale’s air conditioning repair school, and he will become a major foe for both Dean Pelton (played by newly promoted series regular Jim Rash) and our favorite study group.

Community @Comic-Con: Who’s Shacking Up? Will Jeff Graduate?

The Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actor is set to make his first Community appearance in the Season 3 premiere, airing Thursday, Sept. 22 at 8/7c. As previously reported, The Wire‘s Michael Kenneth Williams has also signed on for the show’s junior year as a “very intense” new professor.

Goodman currently stars on DirecTV’s Damages, where he plays the gruff CEO of a Blackwater-type military contractor. Production on the acclaimed drama’s fourth season wrapped in June.

Thoughts on Community‘s latest addition? Will Goodman mesh well with the rest of the study group?



Comments (14)

  • This is exciting news. The guest and recurring roles are shaping up nicely for next season, and Goodman has always been an intense character actor with comedic chops (I’m envisioning a mix between his character in Barton Fink with one of his better known sitcom roles as a perfect medium here). Looking forward to September.

    Comment by DennysFishTacos – July 25, 2011 03:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love it!! Goodman AND Williams? Looks like Community’s 1st Emmy nom could come in the GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY category…

    Comment by snapthejap – July 25, 2011 03:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • HECK YEAH!!!

    Comment by João Amaral – July 25, 2011 03:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is going to be great. I can’t wait for it. Seeing him lock horns with Jeff Winger & Company should be amazing to watch.

    Comment by Rob – July 25, 2011 03:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • John Goodman is so good. He plays complicated villains very well.

    Comment by xav – July 25, 2011 04:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Awesome! Dancing in your underwear, taking air conditioner repair…

    Great news about Jim Rash, too. He’s fantastic.

    Comment by Liz M – July 25, 2011 04:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Loving him so far on Damages!

    Comment by Adriaan – July 25, 2011 04:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think Goodman should fit in nicely, if for no other reason than he always fits in nicely. Honestly, I can’t think of another (primarly) comic actor with his frame who’s defied “big fat lovable oaf” typing so successfully (not that he can’t play that as well). You can always tell a guy can flat-out perform when he makes Lorne Michaels’ shortlist – Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin are two other members – of guys who can step in when an SNL host backs out on a Wednesday and seamlessly deliver twice the show that probably would’ve happened without him. So yeah, no worries here at all.

    Comment by benit – July 25, 2011 05:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This sounds great. A lack of Emmy nominations is not stopping our favorite comedy!

    Comment by Amy – July 25, 2011 05:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No doubt that the best comedy writing and cast on tv now (wake up Emmy people!!!) will play nicely with John Goodman. How did the Troy and Abed in stop motion episode escape notice? Or Brit (Another Earth) and Britta’s awkward lip lock? Or my whole brain is crying? There had to be some category for such comic brilliance.

    Comment by Stella – July 25, 2011 06:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So when are they going to start graduating people from this college? Or are they all taking just one or two classes per semester so they can stretch it out to 100+ episodes for syndication? As much as I want to love this show, I’ve tried it several times and just can’t get past the “too hip for its own good” vibe.

    Comment by topsyturvy – July 25, 2011 06:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I don’t feel like the show takes itself that seriously.

      Comment by Josh – July 25, 2011 07:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The casting for this show is spot on every time. John Goodman is going to be amazing as the villain! Hopefully this means Chevy won’t be the villain anymore. He got too mean for my tastes last season. I like my Chevy Chase befuddled and inappropriate yet harmless.

    Comment by Sarah – July 26, 2011 09:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something.
    I think that you can do with soje pics to drive the message home a bit, but other
    thawn that, this is great blog. A fantastic read.
    I will certainly be back.

    Comment by bed bug exterminator new york – April 15, 2014 10:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

Leave a Reply

Comments on TVLine.com are monitored. So don't go off topic, don't frakkin' curse, and be gone with your offers of discount leather goods. Talk smart about TV!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s