Community’s Donald Glover to appear less in Season 5
It looks like we won’t be seeing much of Troy Barnes (Donald Glover) in the next season of the NBC comedy, Community. Glover has reached an agreement with the network to cut down his appearances on the show to focus on his music career. Vulture reports that the actor will only star in five out of the thirteen episodes ordered for the upcoming fifth season.
Glover is a rap artist who goes under the monicker Childish Gambino, and released his first album under the record label Camp in 2011. Another album is currently in the works with Ludwig Göransson, a composer who also did songs for Community, Happy Endings and New Girl. In addition to appearing in Community, Glover also releases singles through his website as free digital downloads.
His character, Troy Barnes, is inseparable with his best friend Abed Nadir (Danny Pudi) and share a common love for superheroes and comic book characters.
This new development might throw off the show’s fantastical Troy/Abed duo skits — which usually either opens or starts an episode. It might also be a bit weird to see Abed without his best pal in the scene. It remains to be scene how the actor’s absence will be written in the story.
Community also recently saw the exit of veteran actor Chevy Chase, who left the show after his dispute with show creator, Dan Harmon. The upcoming season will see Harmon’s return, as well as executive producer Chris McKenna. Harmon and McKenna are replacing Season 4’s Moses Port and David Guarascio. The fifth season was recently just announced by NBC, ending its indefinite hiatus after the fourth season finale.
A premiere date for Community’s return is yet to be announced.