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.

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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?

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  1. 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.

  2. snapthejap says:

    I love it!! Goodman AND Williams? Looks like Community’s 1st Emmy nom could come in the GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY category…

  3. João Amaral says:

    HECK YEAH!!!

  4. Rob says:

    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.

  5. xav says:

    John Goodman is so good. He plays complicated villains very well.

  6. Liz M says:

    Awesome! Dancing in your underwear, taking air conditioner repair…

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

  7. Adriaan says:

    Loving him so far on Damages!

  8. benit says:

    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.

  9. Amy says:

    This sounds great. A lack of Emmy nominations is not stopping our favorite comedy!

  10. Stella says:

    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.

  11. topsyturvy says:

    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.

  12. Sarah says:

    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.

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