‘Breaking Bad’s’ Jonathan Banks Joins ‘Community’ Faculty
The Breaking Bad/Community connection deepens, with Jonathan Banks joining the NBC sitcom for 11 of its 13 episodes this season, as reported by Entertainment Weekly.
Banks, an Emmy nominee for his role as Mike Ehrmantraut on Breaking Bad, will play Greendale Community College professor Pat Nichols, described by EW as “an intense criminology professor with a mysterious background in military and police work.” Banks will first be seen in the second episode of Community‘s fifth season, and EW reveals that Annie (Alison Brie) will be taking his class.
He’s the latest addition to the esteemed and eclectic list of performers who’ve portrayed Greendale instructors — including John Oliver, John Michael Higgins, Betty White, Kevin Corrigan, Martin Starr, Michael K. Williams, Malcolm McDowell and, of course, Ken “Señor Chang” Jeong.
Previously, fellow Breaking Bad veteran Giancarlo Esposito guest starred in Community seasons three and four. Banks already has NBC comedy experience, appearing on Parks and Recreation last year as Ben (Adam Scott)’s notably terrifying father.
Currently, there’s no set premiere date for the fifth season of Community, but it appears Banks will be more of a regular than original cast member Donald Glover, who’s only on board for five episodes this time around.