Most Community fans seemed pleased with the news that Michael K. Williams, the actor once known for portraying The Wire's resident street pirate Omar Little, would be joining the series as an ex-con biology professor. I'm guessing those same fans will be even more pleased at the latest bit of recurring guest casting: John Goodman.
Via Vulture, we learn of the portly, shouty actor's casting as the "distinguished, confident" administrator of Greendale Community College. Like Williams, the role will be a guest spot, but with multiple episode appearances. And while Big Lebowski references would seem to be a pretty easy target, given the show's predilection toward cinematic referencing, I'm betting they save it for the paintball episode, when someone on one of the teams inadvertently goes "over the line," forcing Administrator Goodman to pull a piece and enforce the rule of law. After all, this isn't Vietnam, dude. There are rules.
Goodman's casting, oddly enough, makes for the second former cast member of a David Simon TV series to join up with Community this week, as Goodman had previously starred on Simon's currently-running HBO series Treme. Clearly, all that's left is for Dan Harmon to complete the David Simon trifecta box and sign former Homicide: Life on the Street and current Law & Order: SVU actor Richard Belzer to do as he always does and just play John Munsch yet again. Perhaps he can, for inexplicable reasons, quit the hustle-and-bustle of New York rape policing to take a nice teaching job at Greendale, perhaps focusing on conspiracy theories and rape prevention. Belzer is practically a wholly owned property of NBC at this point, so it's not like it'd be a difficult transition.