It’s been greater than three years since Freeform scrapped its plans for Greek: The Reunion, and star Jake McDorman (aka Evan Chambers) is nonetheless at nighttime about why the community opted to not pledge the two-hour vacation film, which might have discovered the gang returning to Cypress-Rhodes College for his or her five-year reunion.
The venture was first announced in April 2016, however simply over a 12 months later in June 2017, Freeform quietly abandoned the mini-revival with no rationalization. On the time, collection creator Sean Smith told TVLine, “I delivered a script to Freeform in February that they appeared to like sufficient to need to transfer ahead. We reached out to the forged. Then Freeform informed me they didn’t have the cash to make it this 12 months… possibly we will subsequent 12 months. Then I heard from TVLine that it’s formally not transferring ahead. So I’m clearly upset however grateful for the time I bought to spend with these characters once more.”
Extra lately, McDorman — who performed the president of Omega Chi Delta — mused in regards to the doable trigger for the abrupt change of coronary heart. “I feel it was across the time that ABC Household was transitioning into being Freeform. So I don’t know if it bought simply sort of misplaced within the shuffle,” McDorman mentioned whereas selling his Disney+ collection The Proper Stuff. (ABC Household formally grew to become Freeform in January 2016.)
Plus, as McDorman factors out, “it’s an enormous forged to get again collectively. The extra time [that] goes [by], the place all of us have gone onto different tasks with completely different contracts, simply wrangling a forged of that dimension again in a single place to do a reunion, I feel there are a number of logistical [challenges]. However it wasn’t due to, like, one holdout. It wasn’t like certainly one of us was grandstanding. All of us bought a script, all of us talked about it for a minute, after which we’re sort of on, “We’ll notify [you],” till all of us bought sort of pulled again in numerous instructions. However by no means say by no means.”
Despite the fact that the on-screen reunion by no means got here to be, McDorman appears like he’s residing it in actual life, because of the “lifelong friendships” he made whereas engaged on the collection. “Scott [Michael Foster] lives proper down the road from me, actually. I’m watering his vegetation right this moment,” McDorman notes. “Jacob Zachar and Paul James and Amber Stevens and Clark Duke, all of us are nonetheless tremendous shut. Folks go, ‘What occurred with the reunion?’ and in a bizarre means, I really feel like we’re on a model of the present, as a result of we’re all one another’s lifelong finest pals, and that’s our social circle nonetheless.”
As for what was in retailer for Evan within the film — he ended the present single and having made amends with Cappie — McDorman actually can’t keep in mind what was scripted, however he’s bought some guesses about the place his character can be now. “If the final 4 years didn’t go the best way they did, politically, I really feel like I might say, ‘Oh, he possibly bought into politics,’” McDorman shares, “however that’s such a s–tshow now that I hope he didn’t, or if he did, I’d hope he’d be on the best aspect.”
“He might actually be with [his ex-girlfriend] Rebecca,” the actor continues. “I feel each of them know what it’s like to come back from at the very least sort of a privileged household in some methods, her dad being a senator, and his dad and mom being as rich as they’re, and there’s sort of a kindred spirit with the 2 of them navigating that. However he might’ve additionally met somebody utterly completely different, she might’ve met somebody utterly completely different… He might be a lawyer. He might be like a U.S. lawyer.”
Wherever Evan finally landed, McDorman is grateful for the expansion arc and nuance that the writing workforce gave his character over Greek‘s four-season run. What began off within the pilot as a doubtlessly “poisonous frat bro,” who might have been an “archetypal villain,” developed right into a multi-dimensional function.
“Sean Smith and all of the writers on the present did an excellent job of actually ensuring they didn’t fall into that lure with him and [painted] him in a means that wasn’t really easy to pin down,” McDorman enthuses. “When he’d do issues that have been extremely irritating, disappointing and even adversarial for the characters that we love, they’d at all times put effort into explaining why possibly that occurred, and it wasn’t as black and white. That character lived extra within the grey than I feel he might have if we didn’t have such an excellent workforce writing the present.”