Community, with its low ratings and critical acclaim, is coming back to NBC for season three. In two short years, it’s made a name for itself as one of the most inventive shows on television, utilizing claymation for last year’s Christmas episode and ending both seasons with reference-packed paintball episodes that people are still talking about.

Looking forward to season 3, we don’t know exactly what they’ll do in terms of plot and story, but we know we’ve got a huge song-and-dance number kicking off the first scene of the season premiere, and a roster of guest stars that bring the awesome.

Let’s take a look at seven things we do know about Community’s upcoming season.

7. Jeff Could Resolve Some Daddy Issues

Jeff (Joel McHale) has had some issues with his until-now absent father on the show, but it looks like things between the two will come to a head. As McHale states, “I know that my father will become present in the series.

Although producers would love to see Bill Murray take on the role of Jeff's father, McHale claims that nothing is set in stone, saying "I know that they would like to get him, that'd be great, but you know I don't know anything more than that. So, I'm just going to go ahead and say that Jack Nicholson will be playing my father. Well, either Jack Nicholson or Joe Namath, I don't know.”

Doesn’t matter, they’re pretty much the same guy anyway.

6. Martin Starr Will Be A Poli-Sci Professor

The Party Down and Apatow alum will be joining the Community faculty as a political science professor and, probably more importantly, a model UN advisor. Do they even have model U.N. in college? I thought that was an eighth-grade thing. Anyway, it’s unclear exactly which Martin Starr we’ll be getting. The embittered jerk from Party Down? The quiet weirdo from Knocked Up? Some freaky normal Martin Starr character with which we are not familiar?

Only time will tell.

5. Omar Comin’!

In what we can only pray is a reprisal of his Omar role from The Wire (though unlikely considering how things turned out for him there), Michael K. Williams will also be joining the faculty of Greendale. While he will be playing a teacher, don’t expect him to fit the mold of an academic, as his character will be “an ex-con who teachers the study group’s biology class.”


4. They Might Have Something To Prove

Joel McHale, ever the prankster, took to celebrating the cast and crew’s return for season three with this inspirational banner.

Of course, it’s comedy and the Emmys, so no one really gives a shit. But maybe they’ll model themselves after that bastion of 21st century art, Glee, and get some clean cut teenagers cover Rebecca Black songs. That’s great television.

3. Professor Chang Lays Down The Law

Senor Chang, played by The Hangover’s Ken Jeong, will find a further shift at Greendale, as he has gone from teacher to student to…campus security guard. What does this mean? Not even God knows, but the official synopsis states Chang will experience a “questionable appointment to campus security.” Is there any action you can take with Chang that doesn’t automatically become questionable?

2. There’s Singing. There’s Dancing.

In what one can only assume is a send up of variety shows and other crap, this season three promo video shows the group getting their hustle and flow on with a high-spirited song and dance number that will make you rethink everything you thought you knew about crappy, shoehorned musical numbers.

1. John Goodman’s On For Six Episodes

As Vice Dean Laybourne, who is the head of Greendale’s prestigious Air Conditioner Repair school, John Goodman will be hassling the study group. Goodman never seems to step into light-hearted roles, so expect him to cause some grief for the gang. But don’t worry. I have it on good authority that they persevere.

Except for Abed. He dies at the end of the season.