Alan Arkin will not be returning to The Kominsky Method, the dramedy on the online streaming service providing platform, Netflix. It has been confirmed that it’s curtains off for him on the show for the third and the final season of the show.
According to a representative of the show, the decision of Arkin to exit the show was made a while ago, and the departure of his character is going to be addressed in the storyline of the third season. He decided of leaving the show before the pandemic hit the television industry.
The Kominsky Method has become one of the biggest cult shows of Netflix, with two Golden Globes and a dedicated fanbase watching the show and loving the chemistry between its leads, Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin. However, when the show returns for the third season, it will be without one of these legendary actors.
Arkin has co-starred the show for the past two seasons as the agent and friend of the titular acting coach of Michael Douglas as Sandy Kominsky, Norman Newlander. Well, for your kind information, that role has earned him two Primetime Emmy Nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. However, he lost the awards to Schitt’s Creek’s Daniel Levy at the 2020 ceremony held earlier this month, as well as two consecutive Golden Globe nods.
Kominsky Method | Alan Arkin won’t be returning for the third season.
The creator of The Kominsky Method series is Chuck Lorre, and it also stars Sarah Baker as Mindy, the daughter of Sandy, and Nancy Travis as Lisa, one of the acting students of Sandy. The final season of the show was announced in the month of July to wrap their runs, including the crime drama Ozark, Dead To Me, dark comedy, and Lucifer, who was revived at the streamer after its initial cancellation.
The Kominsky Method was 86-year-old Arkin’s first lead role on TV since 2001’s 100 Centre Street. Speaking to Deadline in the lead up to Season 2 of the Netflix show, Arkin joked that he was most “happy” when filming scenes when he was on a gurney as “I’m an old man.”
The Oscar-winning actor (for Little Miss Sunshine) had previously revealed that he was not considering doing another TV show when he was offered The Kominsky Method, but “everybody yelled at me that I had to seriously consider it.”