May 17th, 2012
06:31 PM ET
With "Community" wrapping up its third and decidedly not final season tonight - with three episodes to boot - what can we expect?
"It’s sort of nice to see [how] the Dean gets involved with the study group as we try to reclaim Greendale," Jim Rash (a.k.a. Dean Pelton) revealed to reporters about tonight's goings-on, which find the Dean still kidnapped by Chang, who has taken over the school. "And I think ... this is the closest he has, or at least hopes to [have], to the group."
Rash and co-star Gillian Jacobs (a.k.a. Britta) also mused about what they would like to see in the fourth season.
"I think Britta should probably sing some more," Jacobs said. "That’s really where the gold is. I’d like to meet Britta’s family. I think that would probably be pretty fun and give some more insight into how Britta ended up the way she is."
For Rash's part, he said, "How can I not want [the Dean] forced on Jeff again? Or to see his living arrangement? I’d love to see where the Dean lives and how seedy it might be, or maybe it’s an apartment just above Greendale."
Dean is known for his elaborate costumes and cross-dressing, and Rash said his very favorite outfit had to have been the time he was Lady Gaga for Halloween a couple of seasons ago.
"Tina Turner was good as well. That skirt was just one squat away from revealing everything. It was very short. I really can’t complain. All of the costumes are too enjoyable to put on."
Speaking of famous singers, Rash also chimed in about his co-star Donald Glover, who has found a second career as rapper Childish Gambino.
"Donald will be too humble to admit this, so don’t verify this with him, but he would insist that I join him on stage. I just know it."
And who can forget Rash's scene-stealing moment at the Oscars, showing off his Angelina Jolie impression as he picked up an award as a co-screenwriter of "The Descendants"? So, one has to wonder, will George Clooney pop up on "Community"?
"You know, that’s going to be such an easy phone call," he joked.
"I imagine he can sense as I dial that I’m going to ask him that, and I’m sure he’ll pick up instantly. And I’m not surprised if the whole 'Ocean's Eleven' gang has to be on it, and I’m not surprised if I’m not in Italy right after we wrap. All those things are possible."
Despite the fourth season renewal, fans have been less than pleased to see that the show is being moved to Friday nights in the fall.
"Obviously, we’ve survived little changes and moves and our fans seem to follow us," Rash said. "[We] just hope they find us again and I’m sure they will. They’re a very tenacious group."
Another source for fan angst: the reports that show creator Dan Harmon may or may not return to run the show (NBC entertainment president Bob Greenblatt recently told reporters that he expected Harmon's voice to be a part of the series in one form or another).
"Nothing ultimately has been decided at this point, and I think we’re all just very hopeful," Jacobs said. "And we’re really grateful for everyone that’s worked on the show, and we’ve been really blessed with incredible writers and producers and such insanely talented people."
One thing is for sure, the rabid fans of "Community" have the show's back online.
"I’ve never been a part of something before that had this kind of devoted fan base," Jacobs said. "And I sort of feel like we’re almost like a sci-fi show, like we have the level of devotion that you would kind of stereotypically associate with a sci-fi show. That’s been really remarkable, to see it develop, because I don’t know how many actors on sitcoms get to experience this. And I highly recommend it! All you actors out there, get on a show with a rabid fan base; that’s my recommendation."
"Community's" season finale begins at 8 p.m. ET/PT, then continues with two more episodes at 9 p.m.
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