In the first indication that returning Community creator Dan Harmon may literally be picking up where he left off in Season 3, Rob Corddry (Childrens Hospital) is set to reprise his role as Jeff’s obnoxious law-firm chum Alan Connor in the NBC’s comedy’s Season 5 premiere, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Corddry last appeared in the show’s Season 3 finale, which was the final episode Harmon presided over before his exit.
There’s no word on what brings Alan back into the fold, but conventional wisdom suggests it will have something to do with Jeff’s recent Greendale graduation — and inevitable return.
At Comic-Con, Harmon told TVLine that getting Jeff “back in the midst” of Greendale was a “top priority” in Season 5, adding, “I want him back at that table. I want him back in those hallways. But I’m not going to have him wake up and go, ‘Whoa! I didn’t graduate! I took a pill that made it seem like I did.’ That’s not mature of likable in a TV show to go backwards. So we’re going to move forward.”
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