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

SAY GOODBYE NEWS

... 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]


MORE CASTING NEWS

... 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]


NEWS THAT MADE IT IN ON A SLOW NEWS DAY

... 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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There's nothing else to say than: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! :(
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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!
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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!
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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. :/
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 :-)
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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...
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ABC/Sub has a way of just screwing a good thing!!!
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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!!
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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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Fortunately, neither dentist Noah nor counselor Wolfe are essential to Suburgatory, and can be easily replaced with other secondary characters (although I'm gonna miss Noah a little bit, and so will George, I expect...). As long as Tessa/George, Dallas/Dalia and the Shays next door are still on, it'll be just as fun!
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Yeah, the Shays! They are much funnier than these two characters!
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Suborgatory without Ryan Shay would suck big time.
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Awww, I will miss Noah, but not Mr. Wolfe.

"Let's hope this one takes!" - Let's hope not! This premise sounds awful - a man allowed to cheat? Not what I would consider funny.

So glad to get rid of Ashley!
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Judy Greer needs to get away from being cast as ice queens and crazy bitches, when you start over-the-top you end up with nowhere to go.
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Are you kidding me? Alan Tudyk is like, the best part of the show!!
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As much as I love Judy Greer, I think it might be a mistake to give her too much of the spotlight. She's great when she has her moments where she is just plain inappropriate and the like. Can't say I can see her hold on to entire episodes devoted to her or even partially so. Maybe I'm being harsh, but I think that somethings or some people are better off being presented in smaller doses. I'm also looking at you, Arrested Development...
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Not Alan Tudyk!
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RIP Suburgatory. There goes the comfort food industry too. Are you listening ABC?!!
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I must admit Alan Tudyk was the main reason i watched Suburgatory, so sad to hear he got fired.
Also probably means i won't be watching it anymore either.
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That's sad news about Suburgatory. Lee was just a guest star, so I won't miss him, but Tudyk was pretty important as a character. Parker Young's Ryan was also really hilarious. One of the best portrayals of a jock/douche I've ever seen while managing not to be annoying. Three men leaving the show, will they be replaced by someone, or are the budgetary constraints just too strict? Maybe when Enlisted is cancelled (inevitable), the writers of Suburgatory could have Ryan return home from college after being kicked out, and become the PE teacher of the Chatswin High.
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No Ryan Shay, no Alan Tudyk and no Rex Lee? ABC just lost a Suburgatory viewer.
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Something tells me *Occult* will have a lot of boobs and explosions.
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What's left of Suburgatory without Noah???? (And even Mr. Wolfe?) Such a bad move!
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whaaaaaaat? I like Jane Levy now and Jeremy Sisto (Elton!) is good and all, but let's be honest, Alan Tudyk is the main appeal for a lot of the audience, atleast to begin with. and even if Parker Young hadn't went and got another show, there's no valid reason he should still be on the show anyway since he graduated and moved away to college..

Judy Greer? I'm in. I liked her character more in Miss Guided than in Mad Love, so I'm not sure what to think of another similar character... but I'm still going to watch just for her.

I personally like Ashley (the person) but Ashley (the character) was annoying and really served no purpose anyway... maybe she'll go back to British tv now and get a good show there where she can be utilized properly.

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Noah is one of the best characters, the main girl is so irritating.
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i haven't the time for this show..i actually don't watch sit-coms these days..but having tudyk and getting rid of him seems like one stupid move..he is one of my favorites...
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Goodbye Ashley, you won't be missed.
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What the hell? Why do I feel like Ashley leaving is due to budget cuts as well? Why is ABC doing this to all of these shows?????
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in bright side , Alan Tudyk is free , i wish they cast him in Hannibal as Buffalo Bill
i can imagine him shout at a girl in a hole " PUT THE LOTION IN THE BASKET " ..
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this is how you know your favorite show will be cancelled :
- casts/director/writers get fire , let go , or quit
- turn from a comedy to a sitcom / from drama to a cop show / from sci-fi to fantasy or vice versa
- airs on NBC and its not a reality show
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I think Suburgatory could do without the dentist better than without the counselor, but both will be missed. It's good timing that they'll also lose dull-witted football boyfriend, since he's going off to college in the story, plus we'll get new crushes ― in between Dahlia's revenge plots LOL

Revenge's Ashley was mostly screen-candy towards the end. I'd love to see her and Divya of Royal Pains join together in some kind of international series.

Judy Greer is awesome in AD and Archer, hope her new show is funnier than it sounds.
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Really bummed about Alan Tudyk as he was always hilarious on Suburgatory. Who is George supposed to pal around with next season? I like Chris Parnell, but not as much as Alan. And what about Opus?? Are the writers going to leave that poor baby fatherless?

Good to riddance to the Ashley Davenport character.
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Don't orphan Opus!!!
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Cheryl or Carol or whatever the hell her name is this week, Fatty McGoo perhaps, gets a starring role as well at F/X That show sounds clever and original and dare I say funny - must not be a network show. Hope its as good as it sounds. Its F/X and has nothing to do with Charlie Sheen so it should be swell.

Ashley Madekwe is better than what 'Revenge' has become and wasn't why it sucked so bad this season. Good luck finding a better gig far away from talentless hacks like Nick Wechler and Josh Bowman..

'Suburgatory' got renewed? Whatever...
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I hope Alan Tudyk can recover (as the man is nearly everywhere I look nowadays) but Suburgatory will not. This is ABC slowly drowning the baby in the bathwater before they toss it all out. Hey, kill off all your sitcoms and dramas and you'll have "no choice" but to put DWTS back to two hours four times a week followed by Lonely Attention Whores.
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NO! Why do every piece of good news (Hannibal being renewed) is always immediately followed up by something bad? I don't care about Wolfe that much but Alan Tudyk is literally the reason I started watching Suburgatory, I'll keep watching it but this seriously sucks. I really hope he finds a new home on another series where he can be as weird and hilarious as can be. He certainly deserves it.
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Alan Tudyk just cant catch a break - a very good/funny actor in nearly everything i have seen him in
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I like Alan Tudyk, but not enough to watch that show. Rex Lee bothers me, so maybe he was one of the reason I didn't wacth it. Either way it doesn't change whether I would start watching it now.
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I didn't care about either of those characters. If they dropped Dalia, we'd have a problem.
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After last season being less than stellar and now the loss of rex lee and alan tudyk i'm far from excited for suburgatory's return. and wit the loss of parker young it's almost undoubtedly too late for it to become "the shay show."

hooray judy greer. and "get your hornies taken care of elsewhere" when you have her at home!? WTF is wrong with you?

seeing as she was cast to play anna nicole smith and now cast in something from michael bay; it's safe to assume agnes bruckner is stacked, correct?

it's a sad state of television for sure when 'the following' not only gets renewed but receives an encore.
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Let the Foxing of Suburgatory begin! Don't cancel it, just change it so much that no one watches anymore!
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Every time this happens the one thing i think about is 'Now hes freed up for more firefly" but Im sure its not going to happen to Fillon
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you should really watch Serenity.
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First scene of Firefly season 2:
Fade in on Zoe by herself. She is tossing and sweating obviously having and bad dream. She wakes suddenly and looks worried feeling the empty spot in the bed next to her. She gets up quickly and races to the cockpit. She grabs the pilots chair and spins it around reveling Wash. She lets out a sigh of relief and says "Please don't ever say anything about leaves and wind. Ever." End scene.
Problem solved. I know cheesy, but I'd take it to have Wash back and I'm sure most of the fans would too.
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Didn't they kill Tudyk in Serenity?
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I have watched Serenity a dozen times but that is easily fixed by turning the entire movie into a dream of Zoe's with one quick scene at the beginning of season 2.
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that would be.. lame.
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True very Lame. But is solves the problem of how to restart the show with the crap that Serenity left us with.
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Noah the dentist was one of the best parts of suburgatory. I don't know if it'll be the same without him (and time will tell if it'll still be good enough to watch). Then again, Alan Tudyk is awesome in everything I've ever seen him in, so here's to hoping he finds a new project asap!
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First we lost The Body, now this?? I love Suburgatory the way it is. Grr. Argh.
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Damn! Now Ashley is/was just another useless character on Revenge. I was hoping they would reveal she also had her own vendetta against the Graysons (that maybe had something to do with that flashback episode with the russian mob), and that's what made her stick around for so long. And also why she was helping Jack. I always felt that she just seemed to be a social climber, but was secretly gathering info to destroy them from within. Much like Emily. Too bad. I'm gonna miss her outfits.
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While I don't deny Ashley was one of the more useless characters on Revenge, I sort of hate the fact that her character won't get a proper ending when the show returns. They should have killed her in the final.
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I mean is ABC just trying to shit on all my single cam comedies? Let me already start mourning Suburgatory's death now so ill be unsurprised next May.
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Best wishes to the great talent that is Judy Greer.
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don't forget beauty!
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True enough, although I all too frequently see her in my mind as the cross-eyed Kitty from Arrested Development. And those misaligned nipples in her boob job? Too funny.
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thats how i likes my women
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I didn't like Noah or Mr.Wolf on Suburgatory so i hope it becomes more focused on Tessa and Dhalia
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Poor Suburgatory, it is going to be cancelled a la Cougar Town/Happy Endings style next season.
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Once again ABC thinks they know what there doing. Suburgatory will probably get cancelled just like Happy Endings.
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