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As we await the long-gestating “Community” movie, co-stars Joel McHale and Ken Jeong are back together again on Wednesday’s new episode of McHale’s Fox comedy “Animal Control.” It also marks the return of “Kensday,” as “Animal Control” airs right after “The Masked Singer,” in which Jeong is a panelist (and McHale has been a frequent guest over the seasons).

Variety has a first look at the duo in action from tonight’s episode, as Ken Jeong guest stars as Roman Park, “a reputable (and unhinged) dog trainer.” In the story, Emily (played by Vella Lovell) hires Park to help with the kennel dogs at the precinct, but he disrupts the office dynamics and competes with McHale’s character, Frank, for the role of “Alpha.”

McHale and Jeong have been frequent collaborators beyond “Community,” including their podcast “The Darkest Timeline with Ken Jeong & Joel McHale,” hosting the Fox New Year’s Eve special “Fox’s New Year’s Eve Toast & Roast 2021” and recently, a network spring preview special.

“Animal Control,” which airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET, is in the middle of its second season — and has already been renewed for a third season. The single-camera series debuted in 2023 as Fox’s first fully owned in-house live-action comedy production, and the network said the show repped Fox’s most-streamed debut ever.

“Animal Control” stars McHale stars as Frank, “an opinionated, eccentric Animal Control officer who may not have gone to college but is still the most well-read person in the room.” The show also stars Michael Rowland as Fred “Shred” Taylor, Vella Lovell as Emily Price, Ravi Patel as Amit Patel, Grace Palmer as Victoria Sands and Gerry Dee as Templeton Besides Jeong, guest stars this season include Sarah Chalke and Krystal Smith in a recurring role.

“Animal Control” is created by Bob Fisher, Rob Greenberg and Dan Sterling, with Tad Quill serving as showrunner. Fisher, Greenberg, Sterling, Quill, Jake Fuller and McHale are exec producers. Fox Entertainment Studios is behind the show.

Here’s the first look at McHale and Jeong in action on “Animal Control.”



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