COMMUNITY's Donald Glover to Become Greendale 'Part-Time Student' for 5th Season


Much to Abed Nadir's chagrin, Troy Barnes won't be nerding as regularly down Greendale's halls this coming schoolyear.

Vulture reports that COMMUNITY's Donald Glover, who plays Troy on NBC's community college comedy, will only appear in five of the 13 episodes planned for the series' 5th season. Glover's reps were able to reach a deal with producer Sony Pictures Television.

The actor wants to use the extra time to focus on his music as Childish Gambino. Glover, who is also a writer, rapper, comedian and producer, signed to Glassnote Records under the stage name after releasing several self-produced albums and mixtapes. His first album for the label was CAMP, released in November 2011.

The critically hailed "Community" is a smart, exuberant half-hour comedy series about a tight-knit study group at Greendale Community College. At the center of the group is Jeff Winger (McHale, "The Soup"), a fast-talking lawyer whose degree has been revoked. With some help from his fellow classmates, Winger forms a study group who eventually learn more about themselves than their course work. The series was created by Dan Harmon ("The Sarah Silverman Program") who serves as executive consultant. Russ Krasnoff ("The Soloist") is executive producer, along with Gary Foster ("Sleepless in Seattle"), Moses Port and David Guarascio ("Happy Endings"). Tristram Shapeero ("Nurse Jackie") is executive producer/director. The series is a Krasnoff Foster Entertainment production, in association with Universal Television and Sony Pictures Television.

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