By Mandi Bierly
March 16, 2009 at 12:00 PM EDT

Chevy Chase has been cast alongside The Soup‘s Joel McHale in the NBC comedy pilot Community. The Hollywood Reporter describes the show as “Stripes at a community college.” McHale’s character, alawyer, reenrolls after his degree is deemed invalid; Chaseplays a classmate who’s been married five times. It would be Chase’s first regular primetime series gig in his 40-year career. (Last season, we saw him guest on ABC’s Brothers & Sisters; later this season, he’ll do an arc on NBC’s Chuck.) McHale, via a rep at E!, assures that he is fully committed to continuing as host of The Soup should the pilot get picked up for NBC’s fall schedule. (I knew you’d be worried. So I asked.)

Now that you know McHale won’t abandon the Soup ship, are you rooting for Community? It gave me a Spies Like Us flashback… and I liked it. Plus, look at their smiles. They look good together.

More pilot coverage after the jump.


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