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Gearing up for Community‘s return to NBC

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Jeff Winger comes across another unusual situation in NBC's <i>Community</i>.With the release of Community’s second season on DVD this week, fans nationwide are gearing up for the third season premiere with shameless marathons (with and without commentary) of the first two seasons. The second season DVD promises much of the same goodness found on the first season release commentaries on every episode and a series of hilarious outtakes. If you haven’t gotten your copy of the second season just yet, you can enter Wired’s ‘Underwire’ contest to get a free copy here .

Now, on to more important matters: Season three! What can we, as fans of varying degrees of devotion, expect from the third season?

No doubt viewers’ first question that the third season’s premiere will need to answer regards Pierce’s fate as a member of the group and as a student at Greendale. Dan Harmon has promised that the first episode of the season, titled “Biology 101,” will answer these questions, so it seems that it’s pretty safe to assume that Chevy Chase isn’t leaving the show and we’ll see more of Pierce in some capacity this season. Whether or not he’s a part of or villain to the group will be another question.

Other Community classics, sexual tension and awkwardness, will be making several new appearances this season, according to TVFanatic’s interview with Joel McHale and Alison Brie, who play Jeff Winger and Annie Edison, respectively. According to McHale, “the relationship between Jeff and Annie will definitely be pumped up” this season; whether that includes more making out, as we saw in the first season, or Annie continuing to hold a torch for Jeff, the cause of much cringing in the second season, we’ll have to wait and see. Brie added that there might be some sparks between Troy (Donald Glover) and Britta (Gillian Jacobs) as well, saying that “it’s very vague and we’re not sure if it’s just an attraction or something more. In the third episode, Jeff and Annie kind of notice the Britta-and-Troy thing and get a little territorial, like, ‘Wait a minute! We want each other [but] we don’t want you guys to be with anyone.’ It’s very incestuous.” Sounds like a recipe for a fantastically awkward and revealing bottle episode, in my opinion.

One of the more publicized aspects of season three has been the addition of several new faces to Community’s cast, most notably John Goodman. Goodman will premiere as Vice Dean Laybourne, the freshly appointed leader of Greendale’s Air Conditioning Repair Annex and apparent archenemy to Dean Pelton (Jim Rash), in six episodes this season. In addition, Michael Kenneth Williams will fulfill a role similar to Betty White’s in season two, this time as the group’s new biology professor, and is set to appear in three episodes as of now. Fans of Party Down will be pleased to see that Martin Staff will make an appearance in this season’s second episode.

Finally, everybody’s favorite duo, Troy and Abed, are now rumored to be roommates, providing new adventures and storylines for the two, especially since Abed refused to room with Troy at the end of the first season in order to preserve their friendship.

Tune into NBC at 8pm on Thursday, September 22 for the season premiere of Community!

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