Community fans still don't know exactly when the highly-anticipated Season 6 will debut on its new home at Yahoo! Screen, but, in the meantime, the first photos have surfaced featuring new cast members Paget Brewster and Keith David. We reported last month that both actors are joining the cast, with Paget Brewster playing Francesca "Frankie" Dart, a consultant hired to whip Greendale Community College into shape, and Keith David portraying Elroy Patashnik, a retired scientist who comes to Greendale to reinvent himself. Before we get to the new photos below, series creator Dan Harmon offered some insight into bringing these actors on board.
The cast members were brought on to help fill the void left by Yvette Nicole Brown and Jonathan Banks. Yvette Nicole Brown left the series back in September to take care of her ailing father, and Season 5 star Jonathan Banks couldn't participate this season due to his commitment to the Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul. Dan Harmon revealed that he was inspired by the classic sitcom Cheers, when it came to making the casting transitions.
"I looked at Cheers losing Coach and going to Woody (Harrelson) as the example of thinking laterally. The real job is how to fill the [character] vacuum, rather than replace the person."
The series creator and executive producer went on to talk about why Paget Brewster's character was created.
"We wanted to have a female character that represented the threat of disappointment. Someone who, if you make the wrong move, you could let them down."
After Chevy Chase left the series after Season 4, Jonathan Banks stepped in to fill the void of a character in the "over-50 demographic." Here's what Dan Harmon had to say about bringing in Keith David.
"We needed someone of this age range because the human experience comes in stages."
Both Paget Brewster and Keith David have been a part of the show before, with Paget Brewster playing an IT department employee in Season 5 and Keith David narrating a fake documentary in Season 3. When asked about what he likes about Community, Keith David had this to say.
"I like the show because I think it's smart. It's not just slapstick and silly, it's based in something. I'm the guy who did all these wonderful ideas that didn't pan out. I'm interested to see how we explore that. I understand something about being a dinosaur in a way."
Paget Brewster also added that she'll do almost anything for the show.
"Whatever they want I'll do. I hope I don't have to run around campus naked at some point. I shouldn't even say that. Maybe that's how it happens."
Take a look at the new photos from Season 6 of Community below, which also feature Joel McHale and Jim Rash alongside Paget Brewster and Keith David. We'll keep you posted on when the season may debut as soon as we have the official announcement.