Last night, Community made its long-awaited return to the NBC line-up with the two-part premiere "Repilot" and "Introduction to Teaching", which set up some big changes in store for everyone at Greendale Community College. After Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) graduated, the rest of the study group left Greendale, only to be brought back into the fold when their fearless leader returns to the school. Ken Jeong is also back and better than ever as Chang. Despite faking his bout of "Changnesia" (which he fesses up to in the premiere), he is back as a teacher, which only proves how messed up this school really is.
I recently had the chance to speak with series star, who revealed that Season 5 is his favorite season to date.
"We just wrapped principal photography, and it really, in many ways, is my favorite season of Community. (Series creator) Dan Harmon is back, it's so exciting. I'm just so glad to have Dan back, and the love we have for each other as a cast, we've been doing this for five years and to be this close and be this tight-knit, it truly is a labor of love to be on this show. I cannot wait to share every singe episode of this with the fans. Community fans are just amazing. Personally, for Chang, there are a couple of moments from Season 5 that rank up there as favorite moments as my career as an actor, not just the show. I'm so excited to share that with the fans and see it. I've got chills just thinking about it. Dan is the one of the smartest men I've met in life, not in the business, but in life, and I was a doctor, so that's saying a lot. I'm so happy he's back. It's so great, and it really has been my favorite season. Thank you for asking about Community. I always appreciate that."
The show returns Thursday, January 9 at 8 PM ET with Basic Intergluteal Numismatics on NBC.