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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’: Skylar Astin Stepping in as Greg for Final Season

We’ve got good news and bad news Crazy Ex-Girlfriend fans! The good news is that the character of Greg will be returning for the show’s final season. The bad news is that he won’t be played by  Santino Fontana, who played the character for seasons one and two. Although, there is some more good news as the extremely talented and adorable Pitcth Perfect alum Skylar Astin will be stepping into the role.

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Astin in ‘Pitch Perfect’

Greg was a co-lead on the show and Rachel’s love interest in the first season but when Fontana wanted to leave the show the character was written off to attend school in the fourth episode of season two.

[row]”Rachel [Bloom] and I had always been exploring bringing back that character and trying to figure out a way to do it that fits with our show,” executive producer Aline Brosh McKenna said at the TCA press tour this week. [/row]

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Fontana on ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’

Now, replacing an actor can be a risky move in a show seeing that fans can often become distracted by the completely different person playing them without any sort of reasoning, but series creator and star Rachel Bloom promises that the show will acknowledge the change.

[row]”We don’t want to spoil it too much…It will be a great statement on how our perception of people changes. Greg is a barometer of how people’s perceptions changes. It’ll have been two years since Rebecca’s seen him,” she said.[/row]

Despite it being the final season for the beloved musical-comedy, the addition of Astin will make for an entertaining bow, and not to mention The CW granted the series a full 18-episode season, which is five episodes more than the past two seasons featured.

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Season three of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend three ended with Rebecca pleading guilty to the murder of her own crazy ex, Trent, and facing a lengthy prison sentence. According to The CW’s official synopsis for season 4, her decision will have “Unintended consequences for her West Covina friends. Nathaniel feels betrayed by her, Josh is taken aback by her, and Darryl is parenting her baby. Paula, Heather, and Valencia remain staunchly by Rebecca’s side but they are busy finding their own identities (as a law student, regional manager, and kickass party planner, respectively.)”

Astin is known for both his acting and Broadway chops including roles in the Pitch Perfect franchise, AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire, Epix’s Graves, and Netflix’s animated Trolls series. On the stage, he has appeared in shows such as Spring Awakening and How to Success in Business Without Really Trying. 

Season 4 of Crazy-Ex Girlfriend will return as a midseason entry for The CW!