After a long absence, Suburgatory returned with a new season this week. And at a panel during the Television Critics Association press tour, the cast (minus star Jane Levy, who is overseas) and producers teased what fans can expect in the episodes to come.
Here are the best scoops:
+ Alan Tudyk WILL be back. Tudyk’s Noah is among the cast members who were scaled back this season, but creator Emily Kapnek assures he will be back for three episodes. “The show is a little bit leaner up here,” she said, referencing the budget cuts that hit the comedy, leading to cast shifting. “…I’m looking forward to you guys seeing the episode because it’s funny.” At the end of last season, Noah’s life fell into shambles and this season, we will find him in a “mental health institution,” according to Jeremy Sisto (who plays George). “We do get to focus a little bit more on our existing characters because we were scaled back a little. So we go deeper into their backstories.”
+ Parker Young will ALSO be back. Young, who currently stars on Fox’s new show Enlisted, was able to return for three episodes. (Young even had a day where he filmed both shows at one time!) “We found a way to bring him back and revisit what’s there and not there between [Ryan and Tessa],” says Co-EP Andrew Guest.
+ Dalia’s new romance. “She has an older man in her life who we stumble upon,” teases Kapnek. And yes, she said man. After seeing Dalia crushing on a girl last season, the writers said they’re not looking to place the character in one category. “We don’t think Dalia would feel like she should be labeled one way or another,” says Guest. “One of the things we liked about doing that storyline was that we didn’t think Dalia cared that the person she had a crush on in that moment was girl…her sex life takes an interesting turn this season in terms of what she’s looking for.”
+ Dallas in “crisis.” “This season, Dallas is mad at George because she broke up with him but she doesn’t want to see him with anyone else so she’s struggling with that,” says Hines. Meanwhile, a matchmaker will give Dallas some wise advice that will force her to do some self-refection. “I think Dallas is going through a crisis — a real identity crisis — this season,” adds Sisto.
+ The Shay’s new addition. With their son away (and their daughter ever neglected), Fred (Chris Parnell) and Sheila adopt a child named Victor (Bryson Barretto) who will become a quick partner in crime for Fred. “It’s very cute to see [Fred] explain how to deal with women to this little creature who’s very interested,” says Kapnek. “It’s fun for Fred to have a little boy again,” Parnell adds.
+ Dallas goes home! Cheryl Hines’s wacky Dallas will head south to visit her hometown in an upcoming episode and “we get to meet their beloved family members, Georgia, Savannah and Sunset,” says Kapnek.