Donald Glover Reduces Role on ‘Community’

Troy and Abed

Troy and Abed in the morning! But only some mornings, because Troy is too busy working on his music career to spend all his time at college. Bad news, ‘Community’ fans: Abed's right hand man Troy will not be returning as a full-time student to Greendale. Donald Glover, who plays Troy Barnes on the Dan Harmon comedy, will be returning to the upcoming fifth season on only a part-time schedule. Okay everyone; say it with me: “NOOOO!”

According to Vulture, Glover’s reps have struck a deal with Sony Pictures that will allow Glover to only appear in five of the thirteen episodes currently planned for season five. Glover is looking to spend more time focusing on his music career, under the stage name Childish Gambino, and as such is looking for a reduced role on the series. I understand the need for him to flourish artistically, but the part of me that loves Troy is sad that we will get to see him for less than half of next season’s episodes.

With this most recent blow, the next season on ‘Community’ should have a very different feel than the previous years. Chevy Chase departed the show abruptly in season 4, but series creator Dan Harmon is making his triumphant return as showrunner. What will this mean for the study group? Dynamics are likely to change--or Chang, if they decide to fill the missing seats with other characters like Chang or Dean Pelton.

Will you miss Troy as much as I will?

- Donald Glover
- Community

Written by: harrisr
Jul 8th, 2013, 7:34 pm

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Message Posted On Jul 9th, 2013, 11:01 am
Troy is one of the biggest comedy aspects to this show. Hopefully they can make it all work out though.


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Message Posted On Jul 8th, 2013, 8:56 pm

I hope this isn't a bad omen for the final season. I always found Pierce to be the most expendable character of the study group, but Troy is one of my favorites. I'll really miss his dynamic with Abed.

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