Community Read Enrolls Pedro Pascal; Rick and Morty Season 6 Update

A day after fans learned that Community stars Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Jim Rash, Ken Jeong, and Donald Glover were reuniting for a charity virtual table read of fifth season episode "Cooperative Polygraphy", series creator (and fellow table-reader) Dan Harmon posted an update that dropped some major updates on not just the table read but also on the sixth season of Rick and Morty (yes, you read that right).

The first thing Community fans need to know from Harmon's post is that while the table read will air on Monday, May 18 (starting at 2 pm PT), it's actually being recorded today, Friday (with Harmon giving a great tongue-in-cheek reason involving Brown and Area 51. As for who will be replacing Walton Goggins in the role of Mr. Stone, that honor is going to The Mandalorian himself, Pedro Pascal ("He's on some Disney show where Boba Fett's in college with Yoda's niece"). Finally, Harmon was proud to announce that "Cooperative Polygraphy" writer and Rick and Morty alum Alex Rubens would be back on the Adult Swim series' writing team as of the sixth season.

Dan Harmon has some news on Community and Rick and Morty, courtesy of Adult Swim.
Dan Harmon has some news on Community and Rick and Morty, courtesy of Adult Swim.

For those who need a friendly reminder, "Cooperative Polygraphy" took place almost entirely in the Greendale Community College library, with our study group gathering after a sad and sobering occasion:  Pierce's (Chevy Chase) funeral. Except this is Community, so there was no way our folks were just going to sit around and mourn the day away. Pierce's estate executor Mr. Stone proceeds to interrogate the team, and – let's just say it goes in ways you wouldn't expect.


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Today we Zoom a special reunion table read of the Community episode in which Pierce bestows frozen sperm from his grave. The incredible Walton Goggins can't make it so Pedro Pascal will play Pierce's lawyer. He's on some Disney show where Boba Fett's in college with Yoda's niece. In keeping with that theme, the part of Troy will be played by Lando. Yes, for real, the whole gang is back together. We got Horse Girl, we got Card Shark, we got 'em all. I don't know the details of when it will be available, but don't worry about missing it, we're doing it for you. Also streaming it live could never happen because we have to edit out @yvettenicolebrown's rants about storming Area 51. One more magical thing about today: the script we're reading, Cooperative Polygraphy, is by Community and Rick and Morty alum Alex Rubens, who is BACK at RaM writing on season 6. He was wearing a suit in yesterday's Zoom session because during lunch he was attending a Zoom funeral. Not a joke. Hard to tell jokes from life these days. These are odd times but everybody that worked on the show has been feeling the love and joy from all the rookie and veteran Community fans binging the show on Netflix. I'm going to go take the first pre-table read shower of my life. Sincere love to the fans and the cast, thanks for the best pre-Cody years of my life #sixseasonsandamovie

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Viewers are also being asked to contribute to two charities that have been front-and-center in the COVID-19 relief effort to get fresh, nourishing meals to both frontline responders and communities in need: José Andrés' World Central Kitchen and Frontline Foods. Sony Pictures TV is set to contribute to the charities on behalf of the Community family, while fans interesting in supporting the organizations can over directly over to the charity event's website (here). Fans will have a chance to asks questions of the cast directly after the table read airs by using the hashtag #AskCommunity and tagging your question with @CommunityTV.

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.