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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. Erin says:

    The age difference is really blown out of proportion. It’s really not that bad. And besides, Annie will turn 21 this season. And I totally agree with the poster who pointed out the fact that they had to conduct Jeff and Britta’s “relationship” off camera so as not to bore the audience. You can’t really deny that McHale as a hell of a lot more chemistry with Brie than with Jacobs.

    • Anonymous says:

      I do deny that. I see TONS more chemistry between McHale and Jacobs. I enjoy watching them a lot. I don’t get the whole “they act like brother and sister” argument… do you people have secret sex with your siblings? They flirt and playfully tease one another constantly. Their scenes are always some of my favorites! I feel like we’re all watching different shows… It’s so weird. I find the “chemistry” between Jeff and Annie to have a very creepy vibe so honestly I have trouble even watching the episodes that are Jeff and Annie heavy. I know everyone keeps saying on here we should just embrace the age difference and that it really isn’t that big of a deal, but to me it is. He’s like a “father figure” to her and it just feels really REALLY wrong to me. And reading through these comments, it seems a lot of other people feel the same. Community is my favorite show on television. I hope this doesn’t ruin it for me.

      • Orin says:

        @Anonymous I strongly disagree. Most of the “chemistry” you see between Jeff and Britta are the results of the writers who have given them plenty of snarky dialogue to say to each other. Chemistry on screen is much more than that. It’s not something written in a script or edited together after footage is shot. It’s a real rapport between the actors that enchances the script, the interaction seems natural and not forced. It’s something that’s been demonstrated many times by Joel/Jeff and Alison/Annie whenever they are onscreen together. No matter how the writers and directors tried they could never create anything between Jeff and Britta that came close to that.

        As far as the father vibe goes I don’t see any fathers looking at thier daughters the way Jeff looks at Annie. Check out “Debate 109″ and “Romantic Expresinism” and “Cooperative Caligraphy”. Those aren’t looks any father should be giving their daughter. And the majority of the comments here seem to indicate that most people don’t see them that way either. It’s just seems like another excuse like the age difference to ignore the chemistry that’s obvious to everyone else.

        • Annie's Boobs says:

          Go back and watch again because Cooperative Calligraphy is a great example of why Jeff/Annie creeps me out. That episode starts off with them in dad/daughter mode. Annie’s acting like a 6 year-old and Jeff is trying to placate her. It’s not even subtle. Annie literally says something like, “You’re the dad, do something about this.” Which is exactly why it’s so gross when they start undressing at the end of the episode and Jeff starts giving her looks that, as you say, “[no] father should be giving their daughter.”

          • Orin says:

            @Annie’s boobs, Annie never said that, she said “Jeff you’re in charge do something about it.” She’s never thought of Jeff and Britta as her “Greendale Parents”. Dan Harmon decribes the whole family dynamic of the study group in this interview:

            “Can you talk about the aspects of these characters you really wanted to stand out. In some ways, they are are a very unique group, but in other aspects, they are also characters we have seen before. They come together in a very unique way, though, so can you talk a bit about formulating these characters?

            Dan Harmon: Well, yeah, that was the entire goal, to create a group in which no two of them pulling up in a car would make you think anything else than, ‘Oh, man, somebody must have gotten a flat tire.’ These people don’t belong together. Something happened here, there is some story here, ‘Why is this person with that person?’ With the possible exception of Jeff (Joel McHale) and Britta (Gillian Jacobs), who kind of cut a similar silhouette, everybody else in that group, there’s a dynamism to any pair you can generate. The other aspect of assembling the group that I knew was important was creating a staircase of ages, so that, in any way you needed to, you could create a family dynamic. That’s not limited to saying, ‘Oh, he’s the old guy, so he’s the father of the group.’ Obviously, Pierce (Chevy Chase) has yet to be the father of the group, in any capacity. He’s often more the youngest child, but he could be the father of the group, in certain circumstances. Sometimes Britta is the unwilling mother, sometimes she’s the skanky sister, sometimes she’s the baby sister. Sometimes Annie (Alison Brie) is the mother. Sometimes Annie’s the big sister to Britta. More often than not, Jeff is the unwilling father to all of them, but sometimes he’s the petty little kid, throwing tantrums and stuff. I knew that would be more possible if the characters had a span of ages.”

          • incognita says:

            Erm, excuse me , Annie NEVER says ‘you’re the dad’, she calls him the leader of the group. And although I love Britta I Really can’t fathom how people see any chemistry between the two. Britta has more chemistry with Annie than with Jeff! The first season was all about shoving Britta Jeff down our throat, and from what I have gathered majority of the people did not like that. So in the 2nd season they did not dwell on the Britta Jeff relationship crap at all and just showed that they were having an off screen affair, in my opinion that was because, they clearly realized that the majority of the audience didn’t like Jeff Britta. since Jeff Britta clearly didn’t work out in the first two seasons, it’s only FAIR that Jeff Annie are now given a chance. so why the hostility sister?

      • CC says:

        My problem with Jeff/Britta is that during Season 2 they didn’t interact much at all with the exception of a few episodes, and you definitely don’t get relationship vibes from them. I think that’s where the brother/sister vibe is coming from. They seem like rivals, not lovers.

        They were both pursuing other people (ep. 2.18 and 2.20 are what I specifically have in mind) and yet the other didn’t get jealous or even seem to blink when it was happening. Something is missing from them. In light of the revelation in 2.21 that they are having secret sex, going back through the previous episodes some of their actions seem strange and surprising. Especially with regards to purusing others outside the relationship, and Jeff having his connection with Annie onscreen that we don’t see with Britta.

        • CC says:

          Just to addd to my above post, I find it very confusing that the people that have a problem with Jeff and Annie often say that this pairing represents some teenage fantasy or wish fulfillment on the part of both the J/A fans and Annie herself. I don’t see why.

          Isn’t the teenage fantasy more accurately represented by Troy/Annie as a potential pairing? The nerdy, unpopular girl that finally gets to be with the popular athlete that she had a crush on in highschool. I mean, that’s the epitome of a idealized youthful fantasy.

          I also don’t get the age argument. Just because Jeff and Britta are closer in age doesn’t mean they belong together.

          I also hear a lot that they are very similar so that’s why they work. But how are they similar? The ways in which they are alike, if you really think about it, mostly consitute major character flaws and insecurities. Why would having those things in common make for a functional relationship? I’m referring to both of them being insecure, damaaged, guarded, and having intimacy issues to spare. Those are the things I see them having in common.

          There is such a thing as being too much alike, especially if it’s in all the wrong ways. They both need people that balance them, and that are able to break through their walls. Jeff and Britta have not demonstrated an ability to do either. I think Jeff and Annie have that potential.

    • incognita says:

      Completely Agree!! McHale has way more chemistry with Brie even off screen, and that’s SO apparent from the outtakes. It seems that Joel/Alison hung out together even more during the shooting of season Two than the previous one.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Chemistry is also SUBJECTIVE. When I watch Modern Warfare, my breath catches a bit everytime I see Jeff and Britta grab one another on the study room table. And I’ve watched that episode over and over and over. I see it when they look at one another. I never said Jeff and Annie had NO chemistry. I was just disagreeing with the claim that they have MORE. I honestly get completely creeped out by any Jeff and Annie “moments”. Don’t tell me I’m wrong in feeling this way just because it differs from how you perceive things. I’m not WRONG. And you’re not RIGHT. That’s what I see when I watch and that is that. You’re not going to suddenly change the way I see things by attacking me. I’ve watched all the episodes you mentioned. They’re also the ones I avoid watching more than once. All the others I rewatch over and over again. I can’t stand the episodes with J/A storylines.

    • Orin says:

      I wasn’t trying to convince you, obviously you feel diffrently. I was stating my opinion as well and don’t see anything in my above comment that”attacked” you. I will say that Jeff and Brita had more than enough time to convince everyone else of thier “chemistry” and the majority of fans still like Jeff and Annie better(voted E’!s TV Couple 2011). It’s also worth noting in season 2 even the creators seem to have no faith in the J/B chemistry anymore since anything significant betwen them happened OFFSCREEN where the majority of viewers didn’t have to suffer through the “romance”. Meanwhile Jeff and Annie were featured alot as well as the other equally popular pairing of Abed and Troy.

    • Someone Else says:

      I didn’t see anything written that attacks you. Just an opinion that contradicts yours written in a similarly blunt way as you wrote your own opinions.

      In any case, it’s interesting to me that the kiss in Modern Warfare caught your breath. For me, I was slightly into Jeff/Britta, and that kiss is what solidified my disinterest in them as a couple. I was expecting a Jeff/Britta kiss to be hot, but there was no spark there. I was very disappointed. I liked the Jeff/Annie chemistry, but figured there was no way the show would go there, so in the season 1 finale, I was on Team Britta over Team Slater until the kiss at the end. To me, the way Jeff looks at Annie before he kisses her made for one of the hottest TV kisses ever.

      Chemistry or not aside, I think Jeff and Annie work together better as a couple than Jeff and Britta. Usually, I think big age differences are a terrible idea, especially when one person is under 25, and I’ve advised real life people against them. But in this case, it’s obvious that Jeff and Annie, no one is taking advantage of the other. They care about each other and help each other grow organically, not in a forced way like we saw with Britta trying to change Jeff in early season 1.

  3. Floooo says:

    Cool. Cool. Cool. Cool!!! :D

  4. Marie says:

    Anyone who thinks Jeff looks at Annie like a father. Yeah, you don’t make out with your daughter. More than once.

    Also, all you have to do is watch Cooperative Calligraphy, Conspiracy Theories, and Asian Population studies in Season 2 to see there is more going on between them than just friends.

    That’s why Abed (in Asian Population Studies) went outside to tell Jeff that Annie wasn’t going out with Rich. He picked up on the jealousy. It was pretty obvious in that episode, he basically had a major freakout. And no, it wasn’t just because it was Rich. He was jealous in the study room before he even knew it was Rich that Annie was talking about.

  5. incognita says:

    YESSSSSS!!!! and I HOPE Jeff Annie become the endgame as well. mostly because I love this show and I don’t want to yawn while they shove down a rather boring ‘relationship’ down our throat. urghh modern warfare could have been so MUCH better if the Jeff Britta romantic crap wasn’t dealt upon. Don’t get me wrong, I love Britta she is so funny but she just sucks when paired up with Jeff. ahhh Joel/Alison create this sort of ‘magic’ on screen :).

  6. LC says:

    I’m fairly new to watching Community. I think it’s one of the smartest funniest shows on TV right now. I didn’t like the Jeff/Britta as a couple concept from the off because it felt awkward and stuffed down my throat. They lacked a real elusive chemistry beyond their dialogue. I do, however, love them individually and as snarky friends.

    I don’t watch the show for romantic relationships and anyone who thinks this will happen doesn’t know the show very well. However, Jeff/Annie have a fantastic natural chemistry (i.e: it’s not just written in their scripts) and I would be happy if they explored that in a minor way. Based on my understanding of what this show represents, I doubt there is any ‘endgame’ as some comments suggest.

    • AA says:

      Can we frame this comment?

      I think we can all agree:

      1. Community is a smart & funny TV show.
      3. Jeff, Britta & Annie are ALL wonderful individual characters.
      C. This show will never be ALL about romantic relationships.
      IV. Everything will be fine.

      Let’s put our trust in Dan Harmon and his team. Here’s to a terrific Season 3! And many (but not too many) more seasons to come!

  7. Smilingnigga says:

    Jeff + annie= epic fail. Creepy stuff for jailbait. We dont want twilight romance in community. :(

    • Marie says:

      Annie = 20 going on 21. So i.e. not jailbait.

      Twilight and Community don’t belong in the same sentence. They will never go there, and you shouldn’t jump to conclusions before the season even starts.

  8. Joy says:

    Yay! I looooove Community I was so thrilled they did another paintball last season and I wasn’t spoiled for it so it was shockingly awesome! I’ve been shipping Annie and Jeff {to my surprise} since their gorgeous kiss at the end of season 1. I’m glad the left the shipperness alone for season 2 so the show could find it’s legs and audience but now I am more than ready for some Jeff/Annie lovin’ and I’m totally hyped about this news! Hurrah!

  9. Nicole says:

    Bleh. Dislike.

  10. Cami says:

    Cool. Cool, cool, cool.

    Ok, I tried to pull of an Abed reaction but I am TOO EXCITED about this to not say I LOVE JEFF AND ANNIE! Their chemistry is amazing!

  11. Tess says:

    That’s disappointing. I enjoy Jeff/Britta more. I like the exploration of Jeff and Annie’s relationship, just as I enjoy the exploration of relationships period on this show. I just personally don’t feel J/A romantically. But this show is always so entertaining so here’s hoping for another hilarious season.

  12. Stephanie says:

    YAHOO! I love Community and am definitely in favour of anything Jeff/Annie related being “pumped up”! They have such undeniable chemistry and when you couple that with their ability to bring out the best in one another, it’s a pretty easy choice: ANNIE FTW!

  13. Ams says:

    Definitely awesome news, and I completely agree with Stephanie’s whole comment above.

  14. Ams says:

    Oh, and anyone who loves Community, please watch the show when it airs at 8 on Thursday nights, not online, if you can. The ratings need to stay consistent this year for them to get renewed, and I know we’ll all be disappointed if this awesome, hilarious, and sorely underrated show gets cancelled.

    And anyone who isn’t watching it, give it a try please! You won’t be sorry. The first two seasons are already out and available and the Season 3 premiere did not disappoint!

  15. Raksha says:

    Its great news! They are so amazing together! All J/A haters can suck it!

  16. Tim says:

    JA for the win!!

  17. Allie says:

    Woof Woof!! Happy days!

  18. Charlie says:

    I cant even express how happy I am! I saw last night’s episode, and I nearly died!! JA for the win, totally!

  19. Chris says:

    Troy and Annie nuh said.

    • Jeff/Annie OTP says:

      @Chris Give it up nuh said. I know Harmon said “all ships are possible” but some pairings should only exist in fanfics and Annie/with anyone-other-than-Jeff as well as Jeff/with-anyone-other-than-Annie are ships that should remain that way. Jeff and Annie FTW.

      • Alex says:

        Yea man Jeff and Annie FTW! I think it’s good that the author didn’t make them have sex yet(lol) so that it builds up their relationship instead of just sex partners like Jeff and Britta once were. Thats why Jeff/Britta doesn’t work.

  20. Alex says:

    Hell Yea!! Jeff/Annie all the way!! Don’t like Britta she’s so lame. and please not Annie and Abed.

  21. eric says:

    make this real by making sure Community airs next year! #sixseasonsandamovie!!!

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