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It was announced that Donald Glover will only be portraying his character Troy Barnes in 5 of the 13 episodes of next season's Community.
This is sad since Troy has evolved into a real comedic centerpiece and brings a lot of heart to the show. Apparently Glover wants more time to work on his music career.
I hate that we'll have less Troy, but I cannot blame Glover. Even though Community is one of the best shows ever in the history of TV (and no, that is not hyperbole), it is a sinking ship. It is a near miracle that it came back for one more season with creator Dan Harmon being rehired. But with only a 13 episode pickup, it feels like NBC is just waiting to dump it off. The cast and crew are all probably trying to line up their next projects.
I'm more concerned with how this will affect Abed. "Troy and Abed" are like "Laverne and Shirley" or "Mork and Mindy" or any other great TV duo. Their relationship is one of the central things that defines the characters. Remember when they were having problems? It led to the great war between Blanketsburg and Pillowtown.