Exclusive: Yvette Nicole Brown on Community reunion, possible movie!
This month brought the exciting news that the cast of Dan Harmon’s hit sitcom Community would be reuniting for a virtual table read special and while chatting with Yvette Nicole Brown for her upcoming Disney+ game series The Big Fib, ComingSoon.net chatted with the star about the reunion and possibility of the long-discussed movie!
Though it may be five years since the NBC, and briefly Yahoo!, series went off the air, Brown warmly described how her and her co-stars have kept in contact via a group chat they’ve had since the show first began airing in 2009 and how “excited” she is to get to reprise her role along with everyone else.
“We all talk separately but we also have our group chat that we pop in every day with something, and it’s been like that since we started working together 11 years ago, so I don’t have a time in my life since I met them that they haven’t been in my life,” Brown explained. “But getting together again to step into these characters and say these lines in the weird ways we all say the lines, the idea of that was amazing and it is a gift.”
A sequel movie to Community has been talked about for nearly six years now, going all the way back to the end of the fifth season and occasionally being revisited by creator Harmon and the stars in the years since, with word following the reunion announcement hinting that renewed conversations about one were happening behind the scenes. When chatting with Brown in January at the Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made premiere, she was still holding out hope for the project, sure that “Dan’s going to write it someday” and now it sounds as though steps are being taken to get the film made.
“Well we each got a call about a month ago now just seeing where we were, because we all get asked in interviews about it, but it’s never been asked officially,” Brown noted. “Like, ‘Hey, not that anything’s ready or not that the script’s been written, but if we did do one, would you want to do it?’ So we all got that call and everyone said yes to that official call, so now that they know we’re all on board officially, I think the next step could be them trying to figure out how to make it happen. Of course we have a pandemic to deal with, but on the other side of all that, I don’t know anybody in the cast that would not come back to do it, so we’re all excited and just waiting for the call.”
The main cast of NBC’s fan-favorite sitcom Community will be participating on a virtual table read and Q&A along with creator Dan Harmon as a way to raise funds of COVID-19 relief charities consisting of José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen and Frontline Foods which both give foods to first responders who are working on the frontlines and vulnerable communities across America. The table read event and Q&A will be available for streaming on Monday, May 18 at 2 PM PT through Sony Pictures TV’s Community YouTube channel. In addition, fans can also submit their questions for the Q&A segment on social media with the #AskCommunity and tag @CommunityTV.
The virtual event will be including Community alums Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Ken Jeong, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Jim Rash, and for the first time ever since his departure during the fifth season in 2014, Golden Globe and Emmy winner Donald Glover will also be joining the reunion. They will be reading episode 5.04 titled “Cooperative Polygraphy,” which was first aired on January 16, 2014.
Starring McHale, Jacobs, Brie, Glover, Chevy Chase, Pudi and Yvette Nicole Brown, along with all kinds of crazy supporting cast members, Community chronicles the ups and downs of life at a surreal community college. It was created by Dan Harmon (Rick and Morty) and executive produced by the Russo Brothers (Avengers: Endgame) along with Neil Goldman, Garrett Donovan, Tristram Shapeero, Chris McKenna and Rob Schrab.
The series was based on Harmon’s personal community college experiences. Since its release, it had received critical acclaim including an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for Chris McKenna’s episode 3.04 titled “Remedial Chaos Theory.”
Community had run on-air from 2009 to 2005. It started out semi-grounded and only got crazier over the course of its six seasons, both on-screen and behind-the-scenes. The show spent its first three years constantly on the brink of cancellation over at NBC.
Eventually, due to a clash between the show’s notoriously hard-to-work-with mastermind Harmon and the show’s notoriously hard-to-work-with actor Chevy Chase, Harmon was fired and Chase quit before the show’s fourth season. They brought Harmon back for the fifth and final season at NBC, where the show moved to Yahoo!’s short-lived streaming service for an additional sixth season.
The Big Fib is set to begin streaming on Disney+ on May 22!
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