'Breaking Bad' vet Jonathan Banks joins 'Community'

Jonathan Banks celebrates the final episodes of 'Breaking Bad' at Sony Picutres Studios in California.

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  • Jonathan Banks will join the cast of 'Community'
  • He will play a college professor
  • Banks will appear in 11 out of 13 episodes in the show's fifth season
He commanded fear and respect as a hitman/fixer on "Breaking Bad," and now he will command fear and respect as... a community college professor. Jonathan Banks will appear in 11 episodes of "Community"'s fifth season, EW has learned.
Banks, who earned a Supporting Actor Emmy nomination this summer for his work on "Breaking Bad," will tackle the role of Pat Nichols, an intense criminology professor with a mysterious background in military and police work. The "Wiseguy" alum makes his first appearance in the second episode of the season when Annie (Alison Brie) enrolls in his class.
Banks popped up on another NBC comedy last season, playing the father of Ben (Adam Scott) on "Parks and Recreation."
His onscreen boss on "Breaking Bad," Giancarlo Esposito, has also guest-starred on "Community."
The 13-episode fifth season of "Community" will debut sometime during the 2013-2014 season on NBC, with series creator Dan Harmon returning to the fold as the showrunner.