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'Community' casting exclusive

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Community has finally been granted a return date to NBC’s Thursday night schedule (March 15, 8 p.m.), and in that welcome-back spirit, we will be saying hello to an old frenemy in the near future. EW has learned that Childrens Hospital‘s Rob Corddry will guest-star in the season 3 finale, reprising his season 2 role as Alan Connor, former law firm colleague of Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) who turned Jeff into the State Bar for having a “less than legitimate” degree. This time, Alan and Jeff square off in Greendale Summer Fun Court, with Alan representing Pierce (Chevy Chase) and Jeff representing Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) in a battle over a sandwich business started by the pair.

The episode, which is scheduled to air in late spring, also features the reappearance of Vice Dean Laybourne (John Goodman), as the Air Conditioning Repair Annex makes one last play for the soul of Troy (Donald Glover).

And for those who want to hear Danny Pudi say those three magic words, relive this season 2 moment:

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