‘Suburgatory’ Star Jane Levy Says Cast Changes ‘Strengthened Our Show’

'Suburgatory' Star Jane Levy Says Cast Changes 'Strengthened Our Show'

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The actress tells TheWrap that the changes made for Season 3 were unexpectedly beneficial for the ABC comedy

When ABC's critically acclaimed fish-out-of-water comedy, “Suburgatory,” returns for its third season, two major players will be missing from Chatswin.

As part of its deal, show producers, Warner Bros. Television, had to let go of series regulars Alan Tudyk, who played Noah Werner, George Altman's (Jeremy Sisto) best friend; and Rex Lee, who played the Chatswin High School's guidance counselor, Mr. Wolf, among other cost cuts.

But, star Jane Levy, who plays Tessa Altman, said that the changes were actually good for the show.

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“We, of course, miss the presence of Rex and Alan all the time,” Levy told TheWrap. “But, I think actually it strengthened our show in that all of our storylines had to be condensed and that's the price of less people.”

“I think that the stories became stronger, the script became stronger, and I don't think that anyone was really expecting that,” she continued. “Now that there are seven characters I think that's been a surprise that we've noticed, less storyline so more time to exist in them and experience them and I think that's a good thing.”

Levy did tell us that Tudyk appears on at least three episodes this season.

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In addition to Tudyk and Lee, Parker Young, who played Ryan Shay, didn't return to the show this season. Not only did his character leave for college, but Young found a new gig. He's currently starring on new military comedy, “Enlisted,” on Fox.

What does that mean for Tessa and Ryan's off-and-on romance?

“I think there is a big part of her that regrets not giving it more of a fight when they broke up, not trying harder for them to be together,” Levy said.

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The good news is that Tessa may get a second chance. Young does come back for a few episodes this season.

“Suburgatory” returns Wednesday 8:30/7:30c on ABC. Visit ABC.com for more on the show.

  • DougW

    Alan Tudyk was the funniest thing about the show last year.

  • Devin McMusters

    No Ryan Shay? That throws the whole chemistry off.