The cult classic comedy show, Community, which gave us many breakout stars, particularly Donald Glover and Alison Brie, will be having a virtual cast reunion on Monday, May 18, at 2 p.m. PT via Sony Pictures TV's "Community" YouTube page. Variety reports that the creator of the show, Dan Harmon, is pulling most of the main actors of the series back together, including Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Jim Rash, Ken Jeong, and Donald Glover.
The Mandalorian star Pedro Pascal will also join in as a special guest, although Chevy Chase is so far not scheduled to appear.
The table read and subsequent Q&A is a way to help charities engaged in relief efforts worldwide. The reading will be of the episode "Cooperative Polygraphy," which is the fourth episode of Season 5, which first aired January 16, 2014 on NBC. Fans can submit questions on social media using the #AskCommunity and tag @CommunityTV to have their questions answered during the Q&A.
Through the table read, fans can contribute to José Andrés' World Central Kitchen and Frontline Foods, which provide meals to responders working on the frontlines and vulnerable communities across the country. Sony Pictures Television will donate on behalf of the cast of the show, while fans can donate to the "Community" fund here: wck.org/community.
Community was a sitcom that ran for six seasons, during which it garnered great critical acclaim and a cult following. It focussed on a group of students of various ages and backgrounds all studying together at a community college in Greendale, Colorado. The show was loved for the chemistry between the cast and the smart writing, often parodying classic Hollywood tropes and engaging in meta-humor.
The "Cooperative Polygraphy" episode is a good choice for a table read, since it took place mainly in a single location, in the Greendale Community College library where the group of friends come together after the funeral of Pierce (Chevy Chase). There they meet with the executor of the legal will of Pierce, a role that will be filled in for by Pascal, as he cross-questions the rest of the group and leaves them with some parting gifts.
Many fans believed that Community ended prematurely, and despite reruns on digital platforms, there has been a great demand for additional seasons, or possibly even a movie based on the series, picking up the life of the characters after the end of the show.
So strong has been the demand that the cast and crew of the series are optimistic about seeing some form of a return. Joel McHale has mentioned in the past that the interest of fans is matched by the cast and that could probably lead to a new movie, a sentiment echoed by Alison Brie. Meanwhile, the Russo Brothers, who produced and directed many episodes of the show, have mentioned their willingness to get back together with the cast to make a Netflix Community movie. Until more concrete news comes along, fans can enjoy the virtual cast reunion at the table read. This news comes from Variety.