So far, news about 'Community' season 5 has been a mixed bag. At first, there was the glorious revelation that creator Dan Harmon had been asked to return to the series after having been fired in season 3. But that great catharsis was offset by the announcement, a few weeks later, that star Donald Glover would be returning in a greatly reduced role so that he could focus on his rap career. Now, it seems, the great pendulum of 'Community' season 5 news is swinging once again toward the positive: Jonathan Banks has been cast in a recurring role in the show's fifth season.
Banks will play a pretty major role in the season, it turns out. The actor will appear in all but two of the fifth season's episodes as criminology professor Pat Nichols, a man with a mysterious military past. He'll first appear in the second episode of the season, when Annie joins his criminology class (that's her preferred career, remember).
Though we wouldn't have minded seeing Banks as a Pierce-like addition to the group, a criminology professor seems the perfect role for Banks. It seems unlikely, but we'd love it if the show could stage a mini-'Bad' reunion with Giancarlo Esposito, who has been known to pop up as Pierce's half-brother, Gilbert.
Television viewers will know Banks from his brilliant performance as fixer/hitman Mike Ehrmantraut on AMC's drama series 'Breaking Bad.' Following his departure from 'Bad,' Banks lent his dry comedic timing to another NBC comedy, 'Parks & Recreation,' in a great guest turn as Ben Wyatt's (Adam Scott) dad.
Since then, he's appeared in bit roles on 'Body of Proof,' 'Vegas,' and animated series 'Axe Cop.' 'Community' will be his first major television role since 'Breaking Bad.'
What do you think? Does this news make you more excited for 'Community' season 5?
'Community' is expected to return next spring.