Joel McHale just wrapped up his sixth season on Community. And while it’s unclear if McHale will get a chance to star in a Community movie, he is moving on to another franchise.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, McHale is the first new addition to The X-Files, a six episode revival of the classic Fox series that ran for nine seasons. McHale will play Tad O’Malley, “the anchor of a popular conservative Internet news network who becomes an unlikely ally for Fox Mulder.” Basically, it sounds like McHale will be portraying a character based on Glenn Beck.
In addition to Community, McHale is best known as the host of The Talk on E!, and for his appearances in Ted and Sons of Anarchy.
Original X-Files stars David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson and Mitch Pileggi are all confirmed to return, with William B. Davis expected to reprise his role as the Cigarette Smoking Man as well. X-Files creator Chris Carter is also back alongside veteran writers and producers Glen Morgan and James Wong.
The X-Files returns to Fox on Sunday, January 25; immediately following the NFC Championship game. Production is expected to begin this summer.