'Community' Casts James Brolin As Jeff's Dad

Consigned to the Friday night death slot, NBC comedy Community isn't giving up the ghost as it heads into its fourth season without series creator Dan Harmon at the helm. One of the long-awaited mysteries of the series will be revealed during its Thanksgiving episode, as viewers will finally meet the estranged father of snarky ex-lawyer Jeff Winger played by Joel McHale.

In what should be a memorable Turkey Day, the episode entitled "Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations" will see Emmy Award winning actor James Brolin—father of Oscar-nominated Josh Brolin and husband to musical icon Barbra Streisand—step into the role of William Winger, a character that has had a profound effect on the son he hasn't seen in years.

James Brolin

While the rest of the Community study group attends an awkward Thanksgiving dinner hosted by Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown), Jeff ends up at his father's house where uncomfortable moments will surely be on the menu.

Throughout the series, Jeff has dealt with the insecurity arising from his resentful feelings toward the father who abandoned him as a child. During a drunken toast at Shirley's wedding in the third-season episode "Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts," Jeff revealed that his jaded attitude toward marriage was a result of his father divorcing his mother and subsequently leaving the family. The season finale showed Jeff finally making an attempt to contact his dad.

Are you looking forward to meeting Jeff's dad? Does James Brolin fit the bill?

- Joel McHale
- James Brolin
- Community

Written by: Chrononaut
Sep 18th, 2012, 12:42 pm

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