‘Community’ Season 5: Donald Glover Only in 5 Episodes

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It seems as though the promise of series creator Dan Harmon returning to Community for season 5 of the cult sitcom wasn’t enough to keep Donald Glover a full time student at Greendale Community College, as the actor’s representatives have announced he will only be appearing in a handful of episodes of the upcoming season.

Glover has been hinting at a reduced role in the series since June and now, thanks to an agreement that was reached between the actor and Sony Pictures Television (the company that produces Community), he will be able to split his time between his duties as Troy Barnes and other interests like his musical career as Childish Gambino and developing a new semi-autobiographical comedy with NBC.

Although Glover was under contract for all of season 5, according to Vulture, his commitment has now been set at just 5 of the season’s proposed 13 episodes. The reduction of Glover’s obligation to the series may seem like it leaves Community in a bit of a lurch, but as Sony won’t have to compensate him for every episode, there’ll be some cash freed up, which can be used for other things like guest stars or, possibly, additional episodes – though that sort of thing would likely be decided at a later date.

Glover’s move may come as a surprise to some, since NBC just negotiated a deal in June that would have Dan Harmon and executive producer Chris McKenna return to the series after a behind the scenes imbroglio saw Harmon exit the series after season 3, while McKenna left in 2012 after signing a two-year deal with Universal Television. As most know, David Guarascio and Moses Port (Just Shoot Me, Happy Endings and Aliens in America) ran season 4, which had many fans, critics, and certainly Dan Harmon, feeling as though the show had lost much of its voice and distinctiveness. The fact that Glover was looking to reduce his role even though Sony made an effort – based partially on its desire to please the cast – to bring Harmon back suggests it wasn’t creative differences or disappointment with season 4 that led to his decision, but simply a desire to move on to more personal undertakings.

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Community is now set to begin a season many thought would be unlikely, but it will do so (partially) without two of its stars. Along with Glover’s reduced role, season 5 will be without Chevy Chase, as he left the series last season following negative remarks he made about the show-making process and some of the series’ scriptwriting, which, of course, followed coverage of Chase’s rather tumultuous relationship with Harmon.

So it seems that while Harmon is returning to tell the ongoing story of Greendale Community College, the campus will be somewhat different than when he left. With any luck, he’ll be able to make the most of Glover’s 5 episodes and help bring back the series’ rabid fanbase, so they can push for the coveted sixth season (and a movie).


Community is scheduled for a midseason premiere on NBC.

Source: Vulture

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  1. This news sucks, he’s brilliant on Community. And judging by his rap, personal opinion is that Community is definitely his best work tbh. Hope he sticks with comedy acting no matter what.

    • I think both his rap and acting is at the same level at the moment, they’re both awesome. It’s definitely a shame he won’t be in all the episodes. Plus the study room gathering may feel a bit weird for me now aha.

    • His rap is awesome, dude. “Camp” is an amazing album.

      • +1
        I think his latest mixtape ‘Royalty’ was amazing too.

      • Found it absolutely shockingly, embarrasingly bad lol. So crass and same same to most other rappers. Would have hoped for something a bit more original from Glover. Personal opinions I guess tho.

        • Call gambinos raps anything but “the same as everyone”. Everyone’s entitled to their opinion, good or bad hes not like any other rapper by a long shot.

          • His rapping is good at best, and he does sound like every other rapper, except he keeps saying he is different, but he isn’t. Stick to acting, his comedy and writing are crap too.

    • I agree, this is a bit upsetting news… Glover is hilarious and paired with Pudi…just perfect together! Yet, an artist needs to do what he needs to do to grow into his passion; I look forward to seeing more of him wherever he goes!

  2. I’m Definitely a Gambino fan. Check out his “new new” stuff. More of a dance/EDM feel. But I mess with it.

  3. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! He is my favorite Character.

  4. Just shoot me in the face why don’t you

  5. My brother is a huge fan of his Childish Gambino work but honestly, it’s not my bag so I can’t really say I like it compared to his role in Community.

    They’ll find a way of making it work though. Better than him actually leaving the show, right?

  6. I hope this mean he’s playing Miles Morales. A girl can dream…

  7. as a fan of donald glover since the derrick comdey days, i have to say this frikin sucks man. he’s such a talent, and his comedy is so honest. i think he’s a talented rapper and producer and i completely understand wanting to leave the show to focus on other stuff, but come on bro this is probably gonna be the last season, and i know he’s gonna miss his castmates. whatever, done deal…

  8. I’m Definitely a Gambino fan. Check out his “new new” stuff. More of a dance/EDM feel. But I mess with it.

  9. Because I used to like him Community, I gave his music and comedy stand up routine a chance. Both were uneventful. The music was boring. The comedy routine came off as forced and barely got a chuckle out of most people in the crowd.

    Not a good move- or is it? The Season 4 of Comm was the worst. Maybe it is a good move to reduce appearance. The downward spiral of a show could be the downward spiral of his career unless he has something good to move onto- which he doesn’t.

    • What? he has nothing good to move onto? childish gambino is very popular, sold out shows and the like, I dont know where you got that from.

  10. Guess he got tired of waiting around for the show to be cancelled or whatever they were going to do with it. Like the saying goes, it’s always better to look for another job while you have one.

  11. Feels like the are keeping the heart beating long enough to amputate all the limbs. :-(

  12. Wow, chill. It’s gonna be fine. They will find a way to make community what it’s meant to be, or they won’t – we still have the first seasons, which is better than none at all.
    In addition to that, I really think Donald Glover should be able to pursue whatever it is that he really wants to pursue, because even if they made him stay, his performance wouldn’t be authentic. He’s going to do the best work doing what he wants to do, and it’s not up to any of us to keep him from doing it.

  13. It just won’t be the same without Chevy Chase and Donald Glover.