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Community Scoop: Jeff and Annie's Romance Gets 'Pumped Up' In Season 3

Any Community fans who have been awaiting a full-fledged romance between Jeff and Annie may finally get their wish come Season 3. At least that’s what series stars Joel McHale and Alison Brie tell TVLine.

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During a recent visit to the set of NBC’s cult fave comedy, I attempted to dig up some dirt on Greendale’s somewhat taboo twosome, and came up with this, courtesy of McHale: “The relationship between Jeff and Annie will definitely be pumped up.”

Given that the word “relationship” implies there might be more there than just friendship going on, my interest was instantly piqued — and rightfully so.

“There’s definitely more Jeff/Annie chemistry this year than ever before,” Brie teased when asked what to expect when school reopens Thursday, Sept. 22, at 8/7c. “In seasons past, [Community] has really made the audience wait for a moment between the two, but this year we address it right away.”

And by it Brie of course means the raw “sexual chemistry” between the two.

“Jeff and Annie are both very upfront with each other about their sexual tension — more than ever before — so much so that Joel and I were a little taken aback,” Brie continued. “We, as actors, started to think, ‘Ohhh, maybe these two hooked up a little bit over the summer’ — like there was something we didn’t even know about. They just seem more comfortable with this thing between them than ever before.”

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Brie explained that said liaisons  — which, per McHale are not initially revealed to the study group — are touched on in the premiere but “really kick up by the second and third episodes.”

McHale took an in-the-dark approach to answering when asked when or if the pair’s new closeness will evolve into an actual relationship down the road, saying with a laugh, “I have not gotten to those scripts yet — if that is even where it’s going.”

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Added the actor, insightfully, “Our genius creator Dan Harmon will not give in to television conventions of ‘Will they/Won’t they?’ relationships — as you saw with Britta and Jeff and all the sex over the past two seasons. But it’s different territory with Jeff and Annie.

“There aren’t a lot of TV relationships out there like this,” he pointed out, “and I’m sure if something real develops between this older dude and this younger girl, it will be taken seriously, so it doesn’t become a parody.”

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286 Comments
  1. Alice says:

    God Bless this show. I love Jeff and Annie so much.

  2. Liz says:

    Jeff and Annie FTW!

  3. cesyya says:

    god!!! i just…. gahhhhh, i love them so much!!!

  4. Siobhan says:

    I was hoping for something between Jeff and Annie. Great news, can’t wait to see this!

  5. maddy says:

    All I can say is: YES YES YES YES YES YES YES!

  6. Ahhh says:

    I LOVE THIS NEWS.

  7. Natalia says:

    OMG best news eveeeer…love them <3

  8. Lorie says:

    Woo!!! Awesome news! Can’t wait.

  9. Anna says:

    I thought by the end of the season that Annie and Jeff were over. I thought the dynamic they had from the episode after the election was where it would stay for them. I don’t think I could be any happier that I was wrong over this.

  10. Communitydude says:

    Aww man I liked Britta and Jeff more :(

    • bmh says:

      Yeah, I was hoping for a Jeff/Britta thing. They have this antagonistic tension that makes for amazing repartee like the “Jeff Winger’s dumb gay dad” conversation. Jeff has always treated Annie like a little sister, calling her “kid” more than once. It seems odd he’d go for her as a serious romantic partner. I’d much rather see Annie with Troy.

      • J says:

        I think that Britta and Jeff actually have more of a sister/brother relationship than Jeff and Annie. I think the problem I have with Jeff and Britta is that they really make eachother crappier people. In the ‘Paradigms’ episode we saw plenty of examples of them being really crappy while conspiring together. Annie makes Jeff a better person, which is ulitmately the goal of a relationship. Jeff calls Annie ‘kid’ because he’s trying desperately to fight his attraction to her. He’s always saying it right after they have a moment filled with sexual tension.

        • lacey says:

          I love Jeff and Annie’s friendship/romance b/c she does make him a better person. Their relationship wasn’t planned and that’s part of what makes them so great together. Britta keeps him from growing and acting like an adult, which is why I prefer any Jeff pairing over Jeff/Britta.

          • Melanie says:

            I believe that Jeff needs someone who can accept him for who he really is, someone like Britta. Annie tries to hard to fix him, Jeff’s not broke, not something she can fix. To me, Jeff/Annie have more of a father/daughter relationship.

        • BT says:

          I agree! Annie challenges Jeff to be a better person, and Jeff challenges Annie to go outside her comfort zone. They’re fantastic together.

        • Candice says:

          excellent insight…i agree

      • S says:

        I don’t think that’s true, seeing as in debate 109, he definitely did not see her as a sister, if he did that would be creepy as hell. Also the way he described Annie’s body to Troy… I think that says enough. In geography of global conflict he says to her that he keeps calling her kiddo because he wants to show her how important she is to him but from a distance. He’s just trying to push away his attraction to her. Annie and Troy would make a nice couple, but I’m hooked on Annie and Jeff, and it doesn’t seem like Troy really likes Annie, all he does is make references to her boobs…

  11. Marie says:

    I like surprise relationships as opposed to ones that are kind of forced upon me. Jeff and Annie took me, and the characters, by surprise. Their chemistry is wonderful. I’m glad they are going to explore it some more. This made me look even more forward to season three.

  12. Alex says:

    YES! This is great, so much natural chemistry with these two, i’m glad they are trying it out.

  13. Briony says:

    I love them, took me a while to get into it but S2 had some really amazing, honest moments between these two. I would love to see it explored.

  14. Jannie Fan says:

    This was the scoop that I have been waiting for!!! YAAAAAAAY! Seriously, I’ve been checking this site religiously all summer looking for any Jeff/Annie tidbits and coming up dry… until now! Huzzah!

  15. Winee says:

    YES YES YES YES YES YES YES!

  16. DJ says:

    Sorry to rain on the parade but, ick. My baby sister just turned 19 and if she started dating someone Jeff’s age, I’d think he was a loser for not finding someone his own age. 19 is still a kid. It would be hard to avoid a creepy parent/child dynamic. I understand that Annie has ‘Daddy’ issues, but I’m not sure I want to see that played out on television. Yes, yes, I’m a total hypocrite because I’m 9 years younger than my husband, but we’re both adults.

    • Christine says:

      I believe Annie will be turning 21 this season, and even though it’s only two years difference from 19, I personally think 21 is a more appropriate age. I started dating my husband when I was 21 and he was 30, I’ve always been kind of mature for my age, which is why I think it worked for us. If Jeff and Annie didn’t have so much chemistry, and such a great understanding of eachother, I think the age difference would bother me more, but I hardly even think of the age difference when I watch them together.

    • Caleb says:

      Annie is an adult too, as a matter of fact she acts more mature than Jeff most of the time. Just because he goes around having casual sex with Britta and other girls, doesn’t make him more mature, au contraire.

    • Ash says:

      I don’t know, it’s not like Jeff is really mature. His immaturity is part of his charm. And Annie on the other hand is mature for her age, which is closer to 21 now. She has gone through a lot of things that a lot of 21 year olds haven’t, and she takes care of herself and is very responsible.

      I don’t think it’s a big deal and Annie has it way more together than some people that are 10 years older than her.

      • Ash says:

        Just to add to my post: Remember Quendra with a “Qu” from the Asian Population Studies episode?

        She was probably supposed to be a few years older than Annie yet she acted like an immature kid in comparison.

  17. Mel says:

    Super Devo….Can’t stand Annie, and Jeff is just super cool, so not worth it. Jeff and Britta FTW!

    • K says:

      I know right. I feel sick hearing about this.

      • BL says:

        Sorry but I’d rather not see two actors with no romantic chemistry
        awkwardly try to convince the audience that they are falling in love. When the only way to make the “romance” interesting is for eveything to happen OFFSCREEN like they did with Jeff and Britta in season 2 that should really tell you something. They are fine as scheming freinds but HORRIBLE as a romantic pairing. The only worse pairing I’ve seen with less chemistry was Gob Bluth and Felicity on “Running Wilde”.

        • What?!?! says:

          WHAT???? They are awesome together!!

        • Dany says:

          You clearly don’t know good chemistry if it hit you in the head with a baseball bat if you think Jeff and Annie don’t have it

          • Communitydude says:

            ok Jeff and Annie= lame
            Jeff and Britta= AWESOME

            Team Britta FTW

          • BL says:

            YEESH, I guess my original post wasn’t as clear as I thought it was-chalk that up to just waking up. I was actauly describing Joel and Gillian as the two actors who have very little chemistry together, so much so that the writers had to develop their characters “romance” OFFSCREEN so as not to bore the audience. Jeff/Joel and Annie/Alison on the other hand are a delight whenever they are ONSCREEN together. Those two have the same undenyable chemistry that’s comparable to other NBC must-see-TV couples like Ross/Rachel, Jim/Pam and Sam/Diane. I’m glad the writers are FINALLY going to do something with them. Sorry for the confusion.

        • Teresa says:

          I know Britta is DH’s favorite and J/B is most likely endgame but it is very telling that J/B happened offscreen and they pretty much built an entire episode around the Jeff/Annie chemistry (Intro to Political Science).

    • Ireland says:

      You sound childish. Jeff and Britta FTW, who writes that?

  18. Ronnie says:

    So excited about this. They have insane chemistry.

  19. Ashley says:

    Yes!!
    I love them together and this is great news. I don’t think the age difference is a big deal. Happens all the time and ultimately it’s about what works for different people.

  20. Pokinmju says:

    I’d just like to point out that Annie is 21 now…

    • Anon says:

      actually shes still 20, she turns 21 this season though, hopefully she gets a cool episode. But i think we are a bit past the age excuse now that we know the characters in and out.

      • Christine says:

        This is my thought exactly! If they had hooked up in the beginning of season one I think I may have been kind of turned off by it, but over the last two seasons I think we’ve seen that these characters are perfectly suited for eachother.

      • Sam says:

        True. And these characters arent really…controlled by their ages.

  21. Lee says:

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is all.

  22. MJ says:

    This is great news! I’m really excited about this new season.

  23. Mikaylah says:

    In the beginning I was definitely on-board with Britta and Jeff, but then Annie and Jeff happened and I am all for it. Jeff and Annie FTW!

  24. C says:

    Yuck. Really tired of the will they/won’t they between these two.

    • Christine says:

      There’s barely even been any will they/won’t they between these two. They weren’t really a viable option until the season one finale and there were only about 3 episodes this whole season that addressed anything between them. I’d say there’s been more of a will they/won’t they thing going on with Britta and Jeff.

      • Teresa says:

        Exactly! I can understand if it was Jeff/Britta especially during season one when they shoved it down our throats. Besides, they will continue to tease Jeff/Britta so I don’t see what the big deal is. I put up with the (forced) J/B stuff so the non J/A fans should be able to do the same (not the forced part though cause their chemistry is smokin)!

        • Christine says:

          I agree. I never really liked the idea of Jeff and Britta, but I never really complained in season one because there is SO MUCH more to love about COmmunity than just romantic relationships. The show is consistently hilarious, and all of the characters are fantastic. I’d really like to see the Jeff/Annie relationship explored this season, but it’s definitely not the reason I watch this show. It’ll just be icing on the cake.

          • Raksha says:

            Extremely well put. Sure, Jeff/Annie have AMAZING chemistry, and it’d be awesomeif the show goes there, but even if it doesnt, it wont be a HUGE deal, since Community is so, so good without the “romantic liasons”. Might I add, only a geniusly made show could go on without a romantic storyline. Community would be one of the shows.

          • J/A an all the way says:

            I agree with you Christine with your statement: “There is SO MUCH more to love about COmmunity than just romantic relationships.” Though I’m a die-hard Jeff-Annie fan, I don’t mind if they’re not endgame as long as the show itself continues being simply AWESOME! Peace to all ships. (^_^)d

          • Stephanie says:

            I second that. I really love the Jeff/Annie dynamic and would absolutely enjoy seeing it develop further, but I would never want it to over-take the show.

  25. Lily says:

    YESYESYES! Best. news. ever. I remember when season 2 premiered I was really bummed about how they handled the fallout of the Jeff/Annie kiss. These two have crazy chemistry and a genuine connection. Plus, Annie brings out the best in him. Normally the age difference might bother me but not in this case.
    So happy about this!

  26. fwoubgwoihh says:

    nooooooooooooooooooooo

  27. Hikeeba says:

    It’s NOT Jeff and Shirley? Racists!

  28. Megan says:

    OMG YES! I’m so happy! If they can do this pairing justice which I know the Community creator and writers can do this could be the next generation of sexy tv couple. This is such amazing news. Alison and Joel have amazing chemistry.

  29. Bellemme says:

    So… happy!
    As a more ‘mature’ female I can say I have no problem with their age difference. People forget that this kind of age difference was very normal many years ago, so when did we turn into such prudes? Didn’t she turn 21 during the holidays, which is why we’ve never seen her birthday. Maybe that event caused some hookup to finally happen between the two. Bring on Community Season 3.

    • Haley says:

      true true!! BRING IT ON!!! This news makes the show much more eagerly anticipated. if that was possible.

      • Amelia says:

        Annie’s Age: She was born in late December, 1990.
        How I Know This: I watched Troy’s birthday episode.
        Why I Remember: I was also born in December, 1990 :)

        I’m as indifferent about Jeff/Annie as I am most ships. I usually don’t care who’s dating who in sitcoms unless the couple is part of the joke, like Jan and Michael on The Office were or Ron Swanson and his wives on Parks & Recs. this year. I guess I ship the most dysfunctional characters who have the best chance of NOT being a happy couple. I’m a terrible person ;)

        • Audrey says:

          Just wanted to say that I agree with you – I too am ambivalent about the Jeff/Annie relationship. Community has never been about the romantic relationships. It’s a very funny show with great characters and that’s all it needs to be.

  30. Teresa says:

    To say I’m thrilled is an understatement. Their chemistry is too good to ignore so I’m glad they’re doing something with it. The age excuse is getting tiring though, especially since she’ll be turning 21 this season (wtf is up with people continuing to believe Annie is 18/19 anyway)?

    Sorry if you don’t like it cause I know how it feels to put up with a ship you dislike but it’s not like it’s going to take over the show. There should be enough to enjoy to overlook the parts you don’t. This is Community after all.

    • Katie says:

      I completely agree! I don’t know why people refuse to believe that Annie ages like any other normal person. She just finished her second year of college so she should be 20 or 21 at this point. She’s not a child any more, and she’s really grown up a lot over the past two seasons. And even though she’s 20, she’s much more mature than most people are at 20. She lives on her own and supports herself, and she’s already dealt with a drug problem and went to rehab. She’s more mature than most people in their late 20’s, who are still living off their parents and acting like they are in high school.
      I also agree that, even if something happens between them, the writers of this show are way too good to allow it to take over the show. Any relationship storyline will always take a backseat to the study group, and that’s the way it should be. I never cared for Jeff/Britta but it didn’t stop be from watching in season one because 1)It wasn’t the main focus of the show and 2)The rest of the storylines and characters were hilarious.

  31. Lucy says:

    I cried of happiness when I saw this.

  32. Finally says:

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. Sups says:

    Holy….I died a little…out of pure joy! JA ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. Dips says:

    Ah, well. I can think of dying happy now.

    Though…I wont. I need to watch this show!!!

    JEFF ANNIE ROCK!!!!!!!!

  35. Lily says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy about a TV show couple. Freaking out like i’m still 16.

  36. Michelle says:

    This is why I love this show. The writers aren’t afraid to explore the chemistry between these two characters even though Jeff and Britta were obviously the original plan. I love natural chemistry that comes from the actors playing off eachother really well, rather than forced chemistry between characters that work on paper.
    I have loved all of the moments between these two over the last two seasons and I am not even a little afraid that these new developments will ruin that because I have complete faith in this writing staff. If it is even possible, I am now looking forward to season 3 even more than I was before.

  37. ruba says:

    I blogged about it before TVline and I’m so proud i guess the time difference works to my advantage. I can’t believe I beat them to the scoop :)

  38. Christie says:

    The age difference argument is getting a bit old. Annie will be turning twenty one this year and honestly it is not all about numbers. They’re so good together. She makes him a better person without Jeff ever losing his edge, they’re just amazing together and their chemistry is the best out of any couple by far! SO YES, BRING IT ON. I’ve been rooting for them ever since the debate episode. So glad the show is going to where the natural chemistry is. One of the reasons why I love it so much

    • Meredith says:

      Preach, sister, preach!!! J/A look amazingly awesome together! Screw the age difference!

    • Jane says:

      COULDN’T AGREE MORE. The age difference is only 12-13 years, which is not a lot, in my opinion. Jeff and Annie are so well matched in a completely NON-obvious way — they’re opposites on paper, yet they challenge each other and play off of each other so well — that whenever they’re on-screen together, SPARKS FLY in the best possible way. I can’t get enough of these two. I’m beyond thrilled that the-powers-that-be are exploring their dynamic from a romantic angle this season. I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t been waiting and HOPING for this!!

  39. MAry says:

    This makes me so happy!!

  40. Menta says:

    Jeff Annie!! YAY!!!! Super news.

  41. Ashley says:

    YAY!!!!! I’ve loved Jeff and Annie together since their first episode that gave them a story together in season one. They chemistry is genuine and crazy-good.

  42. melita says:

    to hell with age difference
    their chemistry is bang on anything better than jeff and britta ever had

  43. ruba says:

    i call all people who doubt Jeff and Annie’s romance due to age difference or whatever reason I invite you to re watch the season 1 finale kiss and tell me that is not HOT, that for me was the best on TV kiss i’ve seen next to chuck and Blair’s limo kiss on Gossip Girl

  44. Ashley says:

    gross gross gross
    I’m still holding fast to my Abed/Annie torch. And my Jeff/Forever Alone torch.

    • Tinker says:

      Okay, Annie Abed didnt suck. At all. But…Jeff Annie are….LEGENDARY!!!!!!!!

      • Bron says:

        @Asley -Jeff/Annie’s gross but Abed using Annie to play out a Han Solo fantsy isn’t? I think the fans who belive Annie/Abed’s a good idea keep forgeting that wasn’t really Abed but another persona he put on to seduce Annie and it wasn’t because he wanted to kiss her but because he was playing a part. The only character’s he connects with on an emotional level is Jeff and Troy and even they get used and manipulated by him.

  45. Linda says:

    Im lovin’ it!

  46. Goodie says:

    OMG. Best scoop ever.

  47. Chris says:

    You guys….the age difference is a poor argument, especially because in Jeff and Annie’s relationship Jeff is the one who is immature xD And she’s so good for his character development not to mention they have the most amazing chemistry. I just hope they handle them carefully! They are just already so awesome together i don’t want to see them get together and then break up and lose their friendship too. But yeah, I trust Dan Harmon right now.

    BRING IT, I CAN’T WAIT

    • sia says:

      I am not worried about their handling. Its Dan Harmon! Its going to be AWESOME!!! And I agree with him being more immature!

    • Kate says:

      The age argument isn’t a poor argument. The fact that Jeff is immature makes it even more creepy that he is going after a 20 year old girl. I think that if it were REALLY a 20-year-old actress, you might realize how bizarre it is for two people that age difference to date. The difference between 20 and 36 is much more meaningful than the difference between, say, 30 and 46. Annie and Jeff have nothing in common, and it seems pretty obvious that she is into him because he is the leader of the group and this older guy, which is a gross power dynamic. Also there’s a perverted forbidden fruit attraction going on for Jeff. So, basically two terrible foundations for a real relationship.

  48. Orkestrar says:

    I am so happy to hear this!!

  49. Suprita says:

    Ooooohhhhhhhhh..so cool!

  50. Andy says:

    Ah, lovely…

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