Michael K. Williams Joins NBC’s ‘Community’

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Michael K. Williams, aka “Omar from The Wire,” is joining the cast of NBC’s Community for at least three episodes this fall. He will play the Greendale gang’s new biology professor, according to Vulture.

“The general idea with this season is to add … a certain amount of groundedness and reality to the series. Because the detractors of our show complain that there’s a distancing that takes place because we have such a silliness and far-fetchedness,” series creator Dan Harmon told Vulture. “So I asked myself, ‘What is the opposite of that?’ And it’s certainly The Wire. I [recently] watched all five seasons, and I wanted to bring a little bit of that mentality and apply it to the Community recipe.”

Williams is only slated for three episodes and because he’s attached to Boardwalk Empire, any extra episodes would have to be cleared by HBO. But Harmon is being optimistic. He hopes to include Williams in more episodes beyond that.