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‘Community’ Season 5: Donald Glover Eyes Reduced Role?

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However jarring to think of the current ‘Community‘ conversations compared with the forlorn optimism only one year ago, we’re continually impressed with NBC and Sony TV’s commitment to the fifth season. Now that Dan Harmon has officially (and controversially) returned, and Chevy Chase remains out, is ‘Community’ breakout Donald Glover next to fly the coop?

According to an intriguing article from Vulture on Dan Harmon’s unusual return to the series, Donald Glover has continued “making noises” about a reduced role in the fifth season, even with Harmon’s cast-lobbied return to the series. Glover would reportedly use the time off to focus on his music career as alter-ego Childish Gambino, though calls to Glover’s rep were not returned and Sony only responded that “Donald Glover is under contract for Season 5 of the show.”

It wouldn’t prove entirely surprising for Donald Glover to eye an exit from the series, considering he and co-star Alison Brie‘s respective stardoms have risen the most since ‘Community”s debut. Faded appreciation of the series could also prove a factor, as many consider the upcoming 13-episode fifth season to be the last for the series, in spite of its eternally optimistic “Six Seasons and a Movie” mantra.

Even more indicative of Glover’s outside options, last September saw the ‘Community’ star developing his own NBC sitcom with ’30 Rock’ co-executive producer Matt Hubbard, said to be loosely based on Glover’s own life. That project remained in second position to a potential ‘Community’ renewal, though at the time a fifth season had been considered unlikely by most sources.

In all likelihood, Glover will still maintain a full presence as Troy Barnes for the as-yet-unscheduled fifth season of ‘Community,’ but what say you? Are the latest exit rumors indicative of season 5 being the last for ‘Community’ after all?

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