'Community' preview: John Goodman plots galactic empire of air conditioning repair-people

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For years, John Goodman was best known for comedic work on "Roseanne" and his many appearances on "Saturday Night Live" -- but things have lately taken a turn for the dramatic.

Taking on a depressed writer in HBO's "Treme" and a dark foil to Glenn Close on "Damages," there hasn't been a lot of laughing as of late. But that changes when he begins his latest stint, as Vice Dean Laybourne of Greendale's Air Conditioning Repair School, on Season 3 of NBC's "Community."

"It's not a typical sitcom," Goodman recently said in a phone interview with several members of the press. "It's risky and a combination of great things. I was dying to get back into comedy again. I've been doing pretty heavy guys."

Goodman's primary role on "Community" will be as a foil for Dean Pelton ( Jim Rash), with his Air Conditioning school starting to overshadow the rest of the college.

This being "Community," a "Star Wars" spoof ensues.

"All the stuff that he's doing is setting up kind of the Darth Vader-like empire that is the air conditioning repair school," star Joel McHale added in the same call. "My guess is its going to get really hairy in a couple of episodes."

And the Luke Skywalker to Laybourne's Vader? Troy ( Donald Glover). The Vice Dean will apparently be trying to lure one half of "Troy & Abed in the Morning" to the romantic and powerful world of air conditioning repair.

And he'll have at least six episodes to try. You can catch his first appearance on the Season 3 premiere of "Community," which airs Thursday, Sept. 22, at 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC.
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