Banks will appear in 11 episodes as Pat Nichols, “an intense criminology professor with a mysterious background in military and police work” according to EW.com.
Season 5 will be one of significant change for Community. Last month, series regular Donald Glover announced he wouldn’t be returning full-time to the cult favorite, while costar Chevy Chase exited toward the end of last season. What’s more, creator Dan Harmon will be back in the mix after parting ways for the duration of Season 4.
Community Season 5 Scoop: Dan Harmon Talks Donald Glover’s ‘Devastating’ Exit, the Return of Jeff, New Characters and… an Animated Episode!
NBC has gone and done the unexpected and renewed cult fave Community for a fifth season. The beloved comedy was barely hanging onto the bubble as the Upfronts approached, but its chances continued to improve throughout this week as NBC slowly axed nearly all of its other comedies.
The decision comes the day after Community‘s Season 4 finale jumped up in ratings, all the way to a 1.3 rating. Yeah, that’s not good by any means, but it’s a positive sign that NBC was hoping for from one of its veteran comedies. Community joins Parks and Recreation on NBC’s extremely short list of returning comedies.