Community has improbably found another person to cram into the show’s fifth season. This time, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan will grace the halls of Greendale Community College for an episode shooting some time this week. According to Entertainment Weekly, Gilligan will be playing a smooth-talking gold digger that starts a fight between Annie (Alison Brie) and Abed (Danny Pudi).
This news all but cements our working theory that Dan Harmon has set up camp by an unemployment line in Albuquerque, and is offering everyone a hot meal and a televison guest-spot. Breaking Bad alum Giancarlo Esposito has already appeared on the show. while Jonathan Banks is also set to guest-star in an episode sometime in the upcoming season.
Gilligan’s casting is just the newest name in an absurdly long list of season 5 guest stars including: Walton Goggins, Nathan Fillion, Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, Katie Leclerc, Ben Folds, Jonathan Banks, and Vince Gilligan’s fellow showrunner/non-actor Arrested Development creator Mitchell Hurwitz among others. The amount of famous people popping up in Community is positively insane and we’re starting to wonder whether all of these new guest spots might unbalance a season that is already losing two of its anchor points (Donald Glover and Chevy Chase). Community always manages to embrace epic and unweildy ideas really well for a 30 minute sitcom, but some of the program’s best moments are when it dials back and focuses on the Greendale Seven. Hopefully the new faces don’t upstage the ones we’ve grown to love. We’re starting to think that Donald Glover really left the show because all the extra people were stealing his favorite snacks at the craft service table.