Production is about to begin on the online-only sixth season of Community, and Yahoo–which will distribute the show through its Yahoo Screen platform–has announced a pair of new names who will join the comedy’s cast. The latest additions to the Greendale Community College campus are Paget Brewster and Keith David.
A press release from Yahoo defines the two new roles. Brewster, who recently completed a seven-season run on the CBS drama Criminal Minds, will play a consultant hired to “shape up” Greendale. David, who has acted in films like Platoon and Crash, will play “a retired scientist reinventing himself.” It’s worth noting that David was also one of The Cape, a short-lived NBC series that served as the inspiration for Community‘s famous “six seasons and a movie” joke. If Community creator Dan Harmon doesn’t find a way to slip in a reference to that role, I’ll be disappointed.
Brewster and David will join the rest of Community‘s cast, which includes returning stars Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Danny Pudi, Gillian Jacobs, Jim Rash, and Ken Jeong. Notably absent from that list is Yvette Nicole Brown; the actress, who played the character of Shirley Bennett, declined to return for season six. Since the Community cast also lost regulars Chevy Chase and Donald Glover during season five, it is good to see some fresh roles for the new season.
Production for season six of Community will begin on November 17th. Yahoo hasn’t announced an exact release date, though the show is expect to return in early 2015.