News Briefs: Suburgatory Is Losing Alan Tudyk and Rex Lee to Budget Cuts

By Tim Surette

Jun 01, 2013


... All is not well in Chatswin, as a recession has hit the ABC sitcom Suburgatory following its renewal for a third season. As part of the terms of the show's return, its licensing fee was reduced, resulting in a smaller budget. And the easiest way for a show to save money is to trim down some of its cast. In this case, that means Alan Tudyk (who plays dentist Noah) and Rex Lee (who plays gay guidance counselor Mr. Wolfe) are on the way out. The two could return as guest-stars, but they'll probably find their way to other shows. Fox's pickup of new comedy Enlisted means that Parker Young, who plays Ryan Shay on Suburgatory, also won't be back next season at least not as a regular. [Deadline Hollywood]


... FX has cast the wonderful and talented Judy Greer (Archer, Arrested Development) in its upcoming untitled comedy pilot from Andrew Gurland. She'll play a frigid wife that gives her husband (Ben & Kate's Nat Faxon) the go-ahead to take care of his hornies elsewhere in an effort to save their marriage. Greer's been looking for her breakout role for years and has starred in several pilots and many short-lived comedies, including Mad Love and Miss Guided. Let's hope this one takes! [THR]

... Revenge will be saying goodbye to Ashley Davenport next season. Actress Ashley Madekwe has not been asked back for Season 3 as her character's story has come to a natural conclusion and none of the writers wanted to awkwardly squeeze her in as Emily's new housekeeper or Nolan's secretary or whatever else they might make up. This is a good decision. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Actress Agnes Bruckner, who you will see in Lifetime's upcoming biopic of Anna Nicole Smith, has been cast in the A&E pilot Occult from producer Michael Bay. The series is another one of those "FBI agents taking on supernatural cases" shows, like The X-Files. Bruckner won't play one of the agents; she'll play a woman who gets caught up in some freaky stuff, man! [Deadline Hollywood]


... Fox is re-airing the first season of The Following in case you are just as behind as protagonist Ryan Hardy and wanted to catch up. It will air on Friday nights, starting tonight, at 9pm. [Fox via press release]

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  • chiaki Nov 23, 2013

    There's nothing else to say than: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! :(

  • thoramodinsso Aug 21, 2013

    Mr Wolfe I could live without at a push, especially since their schooldays will come to an end anyway, although he and chef Alan are quite funny, a guest appearance now and again would work for him. Won't be the same without Noah though, the Carmen storyline had me in stitches!

  • jj8321 Aug 19, 2013

    Tudyk helps drive parts of the story line I believe. Rex has been a good part of it too, well with school related Tessa things anyway but I think this is a mistake loosing these guys!

  • Sheena-Lynn Jul 26, 2013

    I won't miss Alan Tudyk. He had some funny scenes, but most of the time I found him rather annoying.
    But I will miss Parker Young. :/

  • 2muchbadTV Jun 03, 2013

    Sometimes I think the world has gone mad, and ABC executives sit around saying "Hmm......see how NBC screws everything up? We should try and be EXACTLY like them!" Surburgatory is a good show, and so far as I know, it's got good ratings. Licensing fees?? Pay them! Don't screw up a good show! Amongst the many examples that spring directly to mind, look at NBC's recent Up All Night, which was funny and watchable in season 1, so what did NBC do? Recast it, re-did the premise, pretty much ruined it. It wasn't funny anymore, and it wasn't watchable, and now where is it? Next ABC will be announcing they can't bring back Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet on Modern Family or Patricia Heaton on The Middle. Broadcast networks can pretty much bite me, anymore. The good stuff is on cable/satellite.

  • Faithin1 Jun 05, 2013

    I mostly agree with you (except for Anger Management on FX, that is wretched, I couldn't make it through an episode) and I'm getting really tired of the complete dreck that is on tv these days.

  • 2muchbadTV Jun 06, 2013

    Yep, I'm still scratching my head about FX and Anger Management. I guess the only real thing to realize is that no matter how far short of "good" that show is, Sheen tends to make people a lot of money, and FX wanted in on it. I guess I can't blame them for that, but it's one of the few FX originals that I don't watch.

  • kanniballl Jun 03, 2013

    I hope FX works around Judy's schedule so her time on Archer doesn't suffer. I love all of the characters but in my opinion, other than Krieger, she has some of the most quotable lines.

    Plus, now they're breaking the fourth wall with her... with is even MORE fun :-)

  • Faithin1 Jun 03, 2013

    Alan Tudyk is a huge part of the reason I watched Suburgatory in the first place! I'm not saying that I will quit watching, but the Noah character was one of my favorites, and he was a way to make George fit in to Suburbia...

  • hockeyrick Jun 03, 2013

    ABC/Sub has a way of just screwing a good thing!!!

  • rickynotrefle Jun 02, 2013

    i like me some judy greer (pale redhead are one of my biggest weaknesses haha) she's been going back and forth between redhead and blonde, i hope she's back to redhead and i'm hoping the pilot gets picked up.

    in any context alan tudyk leaving a show doesn't make sense, he's great!
    and as a rule anyone in the whedonverse should always have a role in something at all times!!

  • Acrobit Jun 02, 2013

    Poor Noah. Isn't that the dad's only friend? The guidance counselor was damn annoying, though, and even if Tessa and the others are back at school, the show would do fine without him. I wouldn't mind if Awkward. lost their guidance counselor...due to budget costs or any other reason. The mom, too...hell, even Becca.

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