John Goodman has joined the cast of NBC's "Community" as the vice dean of Greendale Community College's air conditioning program and he and Joel McHale dropped some spoilers for the upcoming third season. (Warning: Spoiler Alert)
When the cast returns from summer break, they're unsure whether Pierce (Chevy Chase) will be returning to the study group after leaving in a huff during last season's paintball head. Meanwhile, Jeff (McHale) butts heads with the school's new biology teacher, "The Wire" actor Michael K. Williams. Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) finds a nemesis in Vice Dean Laybourne (John Goodman), dean of the Air Conditioning Repair Annex at Greendale.
"The Greendale Community College only has one part of it that is actually nationally renowned, and it's their air conditioning repair program," creator Dan Harmon told New York magazine. "And it's sort of a separate annex on the campus that puts itself above the rest of the school, and ironically has more power than the campus itself."
When asked whether any members of the study group would be transferring to the "dark side" of the air conditioning repair program, Goodman said there might be some temptation.
"They're trying to seduce one in particular to the dark side," Goodman told OnTheRedCarpet.com in a recent phone interview. "It's more of a personal seduction."
"Like [he's] Darth Vader and Donald Glover's character Troy is like Luke Skywalker," McHale agreed.
"I am his father," Goodman joked.
It was announced in July that Goodman, who has appeared recently on HBO's "Treme" and DirectTV's "Damages," will appear in at least six episodes of the popular comedy series.
"I haven't done comedy in a long time - intentional comedy. There's a great sense of achievement because it's so damn hard," Goodman told OnTheRedCarpet.com and other media outlets during the interview. "There are a lot of ingredients to doing it and it's - it keeps your skills going. It's - you know, you have to learn how to juggle again and it's just a great thing. Plus, there's a great payoff when it works. And I like to laugh almost more than anything in the world and it's - if you can make somebody else laugh that's a great thing."
McHale said that his character will be "put through hell" in the new season, after his father becomes a presence on the show and he is forced to deal with some issues. The "Talk Soup" host also opened up about his burgeoning on-screen romance with Annie (Alison Brie).
"Well, I can tell you that that relationship will develop further on the romantic end of things, much to the chagrin of half the audience," "At least who comments on message boards, and it's divided right down the middle. They'll be like, 'Oh, so sweet,' they're like, 'It's disgusting.'"
The actor, who rose to fame playing Dan Connor on the long-running ABC series "Roseanne," will have a chance to face-off against the college's other leader, Dean Pelton (Jim Rash), which already has Harmon excited.
"When I heard we were going after Goodman, I got really excited about the idea of Jim Rash and Goodman on camera together," Harmon continued.
NBC announced that "Community" would be renewed for a third season on March 17, 2011. The third season premieres on Thursday, September 22 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. Watch a promo for the third season below.