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James Brolin is heading to Greendale! The Emmy-winning actor has been cast as Jeff Winger's estranged dad on Community.

Brolin will appear in one episode as William Winger, who hasn't seen his son since Jeff (Joel McHale) was a child. McHale posted a photo of the pair on set on Twitter Tuesday morning.

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Whatever scenes McHale was shooting Tuesday were apparently very emotional. Yvette Nicole Brown, who plays Jeff's study buddy Shirley, tweeted an hour after McHale's Brolin post: "@joelmchale just made me cry. And for the first time it wasn't from teasing. ;) #WonderfulActingBuddy!"Community returns Friday, Oct. 19 at 8:30/7:30c.