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Donald Glover Will Only Be In Five Episodes of Community Season 5

It’s starting to feel more and more like this is the darkest timeline with the news that Donald Glover, the actor behind Troy Barnes on Community, will apparently only be appearing in five episodes of the upcoming fifth season of the NBC show. According to “sources familiar with the matter,” Vulture is reporting that Glover will be appearing in a smaller number of episodes in order to pursue his career as rapper Childish Gambino, while Sony will save money in the agreement, which could possibly go into future episodes of Community.

Community has been losing its original cast and crew for some time now. Show runner Dan Harmon was fired for the fourth season, but is returning to work on the show’s shortened fifth season, while Chevy Chase ended his role as Pierce Hawthorne at the end of last season. With all of the changes, a shortened fifth season, and now Glover’s decision to distance himself from the show, the “six seasons and a movie” that fans have dreamed of is looking less and less likely.

The real question regarding Glover’s decision to limit his involvement is not where he will appear in the show, but when. After all, much like Chase, who wasn’t involved in four episodes of the previous season but appeared in the finale, Glover could spread his appearances out over the course of the 13-episode season. Given that we will see Troy in five episodes in a shortened season, we could still see the character in about every other episode if Harmon and the writers decide to organize the story in that manner. However, it is also important to note that Glover’s character has been taken on a route that has distanced him from his best friend, Abed, and even threatened to enroll him in the mysterious Greendale air conditioning school in the past couple of seasons. The writers could easily widen the gap between Troy and his friends and give us a larger chunk of episodes devoid of Glover’s considerable comedic talents.

With Jeff Winger out of Greendale Community College, Pierce Hawthorne  gone for good, and Glover’s Troy in a smaller number of episodes, the core seven who keep Community together seem to be falling apart. On the other hand, Glover isn’t gone, he’s just limiting his time on the show. With Harmon back in control, perhaps the show will pick up again after a suspect fourth season, and at least we can hope for some great moments among those we still have with Troy.

(via Geekosystem, Vulture)
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  • Matthew Ryan

    “[...] while the Sony will save money in the agreement, which could possibly go into future episodes of Community.”

    “Community has been loosing it’s original cast and crew for some time now.”

    Am I missing some inside jokes, or are there some editing issues here?

  • Anonymous

    Just once, I would like to spend a summer without hearing bad news about Community.

    Glover was probably the one who was hurt the most by Harmon’s exit (his character went from being one of the most reliably funny to very inconsistent last year) and his return could only have meant good things for Troy.

  • John W

    I was wondering when the cast was going to grow tired of all the drama and all the jerking around by NBC. Don’t be surprised if this is just the beginning of a mass exodus of the cast.

  • Melynda

    Troy is one of my favorites and it won’t be the same without him. I don’t care that he’ll be in 5 episodes, that means there will be 8 without him. The following for this show as gotten it this far but I am pretty sure it won’t make it past this next season. Of course, I said that last season too.

  • DarthBetty

    I’m hoping for a parody where Troy gets kidnapped and the group has to spend most of the season on an epic quest in search for him.

  • Captain ZADL

    This show is beginning to mirror my own college career, and that of my friends. Huh, Life.

  • Brian

    This is the worst timeline.

  • Laura Truxillo

    What is even the point without Troy?

  • Anonymous

    Oh, you guys already did the “Darkest Timeline” it. Sob. Okay.

  • totz the plaid

    Nobody’s confirmed this yet, from what I’ve read. It’s just a rumor until there’s an official press release stating otherwise.

  • Charlie

    Troy and Abed getting spliiiiit up D:

  • Anonymous

    Yeah this is sad. But I do have more confidence in Troy’s role being well written with Harmon in the lead again. So even if he is in less of the season, I’m confident that Harmon will give us a satisfying reason why. Glover is only the second of the seven to leave, so this isn’t exactly the exodus the article seems to suggest. And while there is no doubt that Troy is one of the show’s best characters, the best thing about Community is that all the actors/characters bring something incredible in terms of comedy/performance.

    Having cast member drop off here and there is actually fitting with the themes of Community, which focuses a lot on the sometimes sad and unresolved realities of life and friendship. In real life, friends drift apart and sometimes leave altogether. I think a reflection of that in the cast will actually serve the themes of Community quite well moving forward.

  • Spam

    Good, Community has rarely been funny since the end of season 2. This leaves glover to pursue his true calling… As the voice actor for Adventure Time’s Marshall Lee.

  • Anonymous

    This show wil not only be loosing Donald, it will loose the friendship of Abed and Troy – that’s the real blow.

    I really wish Donald would have stuck it out for the last season, but I understand that not too long ago, all the actors were probably ready to close up show and look to other avenues for their future.

    It’s the networks fault for jerking this show around so much – and then blaming them for not getting the desired ratings…frack that shit. NBC, you don’t deserve this show. Community should have had thier final season Netflix style!!

    How can a show that used to make me so happy, make me so sad?

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