While this long hiatus has certainly been a huge downer for us fans of the critically acclaimed (but sadly not highly rated) NBC comedy Community, we now have two new reasons to look forward to the show's promised Spring 2012 return.
First, The Hollywood Reporter has recently learned that part-time Daily Show correspondent, author, comedian, actor, PC stand-in and all around hilarity maker extraordinaire John Hodgman has signed on for a guest role set to air near the end of the current season. Creator Dan Harmon is being tight-lipped about what type of character Hodgman will play, or what crazy shenanigans he'll get up to, but it will most likely be quite a treat for fans. It will also be fun for fans of both Community and The Daily Show to watch Hodgman interact with fellow correspondent John Oliver's Professor Duncan.
Next, Reuters reports a very different type of actor, but one no less talented and accomplished has also signed on to make an appearance later this season. Fresh off playing one of the most memorable villains in recent TV history in Breaking Bad's Gus Fring, Giancarlo Esposito will portray the character of "Gilbert Lawson, the right-hand man to the dead, racist and homophobic father of Chevy Chase's Pierce." The study group will encounter Gilbert when they visit the headquarters of Hawthorne Wipes, the company founded by Pierce's dad.
Will these additions benefit Community? Does this make you more excited for the show's return?