CULVER CITY, Calif., March 3, 2012/PRNewswire/ — The cast of Community is getting animated in new short form programming that is set to debut Wednesday, March 7 on the free, ad-supported Hulu; the Hulu Plus subscription service and NBC.com, with new shorts appearing on consecutive days. The three promotional shorts, titled Abed’s Master Key parts I, II & III, feature the animated alter-egos and voices of the Community series regulars and run approximately two minutes in length. Dave Seger (Ikea Heights) & Tom Kauffman (Ikea Heights) wrote the animated shorts.
In the three-part sequence of Abed’s Master Key, Dean Pelton hires Abed as his temporary assistant. Entrusted with a Greendale Master Key, Abed abuses his power to help his friends, and after Britta confronts Abed, she heads down the same dark path.
“These animated shorts are a vital component to our multi-pronged campaign aimed at driving awareness to the show’s return to NBC on March 15,” said Chris Van Amburg, senior vice president of U.S. marketing, Sony Pictures Television. “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 via flash mobs, fan art, viral videos, dedicated fan sites and on Facebook and Twitter.”
On Thursday, March 15 at 8/7c, Community returns to the NBC lineup with the episode, “Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts,” in which Andre (Malcolm Jamaal Warner) and Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) plan to remarry, throwing Annie and Britta into wedding-planning mode. Jeff, meanwhile, prepares a speech while Troy and Abed practice acting normal. Elsewhere, Pierce and Shirley present a sandwich-shop proposal to Dean Pelton.