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 midnight about why the community opted to not pledge the two-hour vacation film, which might have discovered the gang returning to Cypress-Rhodes University for his or her five-year reunion.
The undertaking was first introduced in April 2016, however simply over a 12 months later in June 2017, Freeform quietly deserted the mini-revival with no rationalization. At the time, sequence creator Sean Smith advised TVLine, “I delivered a script to Freeform in February that they appeared to like sufficient to wish to transfer ahead. We reached out to the cast. Then Freeform advised me they did not have the cash to make it this 12 months… possibly we are able to subsequent 12 months. Then I heard from TVLine that it is formally not transferring ahead. So I’m clearly dissatisfied however grateful for the time I received to spend with these characters once more.”
More just lately, McDorman — who performed the president of Omega Chi Delta — mused concerning the potential trigger for the abrupt change of coronary heart. “I feel it was across the time that ABC Family was transitioning into being Freeform. So I do not know if it received simply type of misplaced within the shuffle,” McDorman mentioned whereas selling his Disney+ sequence The Right Stuff. (ABC Family formally grew to become Freeform in January 2016.)
Plus, as McDorman factors out, “it is a large cast 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 cast of that measurement again in a single place to do a reunion, I feel there are a whole lot of logistical [challenges]. But it wasn’t due to, like, one holdout. It wasn’t like considered one of us was grandstanding. We all received a script, all of us talked about it for a minute, after which we’re type of on, “We’ll notify [you],” till all of us received type of pulled again in numerous instructions. But by no means say by no means.”
Even although the on-screen reunion by no means got here to be, McDorman seems like he is residing it in actual life, due to the “lifelong friendships” he made whereas working on the sequence. “Scott [Michael Foster] lives proper down the road from me, actually. I’m watering his crops in the present day,” McDorman notes. “Jacob Zachar and Paul James and Amber Stevens and Clark Duke, all of us are nonetheless tremendous shut. People go, ‘What occurred with the reunion?’ and in a bizarre means, I really feel like we’re on a model of the show, as a result of we’re all one another’s lifelong greatest mates, and that is our social circle nonetheless.”
As for what was in retailer for Evan within the film — he ended the show single and having made amends with Cappie — McDorman actually cannot bear in mind what was scripted, however he is received some guesses about the place his character could be now. “If the final 4 years did not go the way in which they did, politically, I really feel like I might say, ‘Oh, he possibly received into politics,'” McDorman shares, “however that is such a s–tshow now that I hope he did not, or if he did, I’d hope he’d be on the suitable facet.”
“He might definitely be with [his ex-girlfriend] Rebecca,” the actor continues. “I feel each of them know what it is like to return from a minimum of type of a privileged household in some methods, her dad being a senator, and his mother and father being as rich as they’re, and there is type of a kindred spirit with the 2 of them navigating that. But he might’ve additionally met somebody utterly completely different, she might’ve met somebody utterly completely different… He could possibly be a lawyer. He could possibly be like a U.S. lawyer.”
Wherever Evan finally landed, McDorman is grateful for the expansion arc and nuance that the writing group 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 show did job of actually ensuring they did not 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 had been extremely irritating, disappointing and even adversarial for the characters that we love, they’d all the time 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 did not have such group writing the show.”