NBC announced last month that its hit show "Community" is due to return March 15 with new episodes. However, the fan-favorite comedy will be back sooner than expected as NBC has prepared special animated versions to raise awareness of the show's return.
The three-part shorts called "Abed's Master Key" kick off March 7 on NBC.com and Hulu with Part I. The following parts will be available on March 8 and 9 respectively. Creators of the web series "Ikea Heights", Dave Seger and Tom Kauffman, wrote the shorts. Danny Pudi's character, Abed, gets his hands on the master key to Greendale Community College, the fictional school the characters attend.
The series regulars lend their voice to their animated characters. " 'The Community' actors and team were eager to lend their voices and support to an effort intended to engage their loyal fan base that has rabidly kept the show thriving," said Chris Van Amburg, senior vice president of U.S. marketing at Sony Pictures Television, in a statement.