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'Community' Super-Sized Season 3 Finale: NBC To Air 90-Minute Finale During May Sweeps

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Cool, cool, cool: 90-minute season finale of
Cool, cool, cool: 90-minute season finale of "Community"

If you love "Community," then Thurs., May 17 will be a very cool, cool, cool treat. Sure, fans have all been fighting for six seasons and a movie, but three episodes for a finale isn't bad either.

According to The Futon Critic, NBC will be airing 90 minutes of "Community" for its big Season 3 finale, right smack in the middle of May sweeps. The finale, which was originally set to be an hour long with back-to-back episodes, is getting another episode thrown in the mix, bookending that night's Season 6 finale of "30 Rock" (8:30 p.m. ET).

While some may see this as the network trying to burn off remaining episodes of the show, others view it as a vote of confidence for "Community," which has always struggled in the ratings, but has seen an uptick the past few weeks after its hiatus. Airing three episodes of any show on one night is a bold move, but doing it during the "all eyes on us" time of May sweeps is an added bonus.

Maybe a Season 4 renewal isn't far behind? No official word yet on the show's fate just yet, but we'll know about all of NBC's renewals, pickups and cancellations by Mon., May 14.

Excited? Will you be planning any theme watch parties -- from the comfort of a pillow fort perhaps? Tell us in the comments.

Here are the episode descriptions for the three May 17 episodes of "Community":
"The First Chang Dynasty," 8 p.m. ET
THE STUDY GROUP MOBILIZES TO TAKE BACK GREENDALE. With Chang (Ken Jeong) in control of Greendale, the study group develops an elaborate plan to infiltrate the campus without being detected. While Chang becomes distracted planning a big birthday bash for himself, Jeff (Joel McHale) and the study group launch their sneak attack. Meanwhile, Troy (Donald Glover) enlists the help of the Air Conditioning Repair Annex to help with their break-in plan but knows he may be selling his soul to the devil. Chevy Chase, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie, Yvette Nicole Brown, Dany Pudi and Jim Rash also star.

"Introduction to Finality," 9 p.m. ET
JEFF GOES UP AGAINST HIS FORMER LAW FIRM COLLEAGUE ALAN CONNOR IN GREENDALE SUMMER FUN COURT; ROB CORDDRY AND JOHN GOODMAN GUEST STAR. When Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) and Pierce (Chevy Chase) have a disagreement over their sandwich shop, Jeff (Joel McHale) agrees to argue on Shirley's behalf but much to his chagrin, Pierce retains Jeff's former colleague Alan Connor (guest star Rob Corddry, "Hot Tub Time Machine") and the two must square off in "Greendale Summer Fun Court." Meanwhile, Vice Dean Laybourne (guest star John Goodman) makes one last ditch effort to win Troy (Donald Glover) over to his Air Conditioning Repair Annex. Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Yvette Nicole Brown and Jim Rash also star.

"Digital Estate Planning," 9:30 p.m. ET
PIERCE AND THE STUDY GROUP PAY A VISIT TO HAWTHORNE ENTERPRISES; GIANCARLO ESPOSITO GUEST STARS. Pierce (Chevy Chase) is summoned to Hawthorne Enterprises to discuss his inheritance with his deceased father's former right-hand man, Gilbert Lawson (guest star Giancarlo Esposito, "Breaking Bad"). The study group goes with him for moral support and must all pitch in to play the video game of their life on Pierce's behalf - or risk losing his inheritance. Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Yvette Nicole Brown, Donald Glover and Jim Rash also star.

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