Though “Community” fans are losing Troy Barnes in the upcoming fifth season of the show (Donald Glover is heading to “Atlanta” after only five more episodes at Greendale Community College), we can at least be content with the knowledge that show creator Dan Harmon is back. Another silver lining? One of our favorite grumpy characters from one of TV’s best shows is joining the cast: EW reports that Jonathan Banks, who played Mike on “Breaking Bad,” will play a member of the eccentric faculty in the critically acclaimed comedy.
Banks will appear in 11 episodes of the fifth season, playing Pat Nichols, “an intense criminology professor with a mysterious background in military and police work.” His gruff and intimidating persona is a great counterbalance to the ridiculous cast of characters wandering around Greendale. Can you imagine him interacting with Jim Rash’s Dean Pelton? That could be priceless. EW also reminds us that Banks showed up as Ben Wyatt’s father on “Parks and Recreation” last season, so we’ve already had a glimpse of how his straight-faced, no-nonsense attitude effects some wacky NBC comedy characters.
Banks’ appearance on “Community” comes on the heels of Giancarlo Esposito’s guest spot on the show, and “Breaking Bad” fans will know that Esposito co-starred with Banks as the drug lord Gustavo Fring on “Bad.” Does that mean an appearance by Bryan Cranston or Aaron Paul could be in the cards for “Community” down the line? Or perhaps the wise-cracking Bob Odenkirk? Seems like he’d be a great fit for the misanthropes of Greendale. Either way, we’re stoked that not only will we be seeing more of Jonathan Banks on TV, but a whole lot more of him in 11 episodes of the comedy series. If Dan Harmon can get the show back on track after it’s pitiful fourth season, “Community” might go back to being must-see TV once again.
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