"Greg" will be back for the final season, though not played by Santino Fontana.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is bringing back an original character not seen since its second season, though he'll be played by a different actor. The creative team behind the CW's soon-to-end musical comedy announced Monday that Pitch Perfect actor Skylar Astin will be stepping into the role Greg.
The character, first played by Santino Fontana, was essentially the co-lead until the top the second season. Greg was written f when New York-based Fontana asked to be let f the show. He hasn't appeared since 2016.
"When he decided that this show didn't work for his schedule, we took that Greg storyline and moved it all up," co-creator and showrunner Aline Brosh McKenna told press at the Television Critics Association press tour, coming just shy saying whether or not they'd asked Fontana if he'd return. "In thinking about bringing him back, we reached out to let him know we were doing that."
The switch to Astin, per co-creator Rachel Bloom, is something that will not be glossed over on the show.
"We don't want to spoil it too much," said Bloom. "It will be a great statement on how our perception people changes. Greg is a barometer how people's perceptions changes. It'll have been two years since Rebecca's seen him."
Both Bloom and Brosh McKenna implied that the series will be a bit lighter in its final season, the central character now working through her borderline personality disorder. "The back half this season deals a lot with her romantic life, once we've landed and settled some her issues," added Bloom.
How it all comes together, both women insisted, is still the same as when they originally went around Hollywood pitching their four-season plan -- one that was first developed for Showtime.
"There are executives around town who know how our series ends," joked Bloom, "if they remember it or care."
This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.