When the new “Awkward” showrunners Chris Alberghini and Mike Chessler spoke to Buzzfeed for the first time since taking over the MTV critical darling from creator Lauren Iungerich (who left the series in June), they revealed the casting change-up, of which one-half was deeply upsetting.
While the new showrunners didn’t explain why Nolan Funk will also be MIA for the new season, it’s not hard to imagine why: Collin was the worst. He was the one Jenna (Ashley Rickards) cheated on Matty (Beau Mirchoff) with, encouraged her to become a pothead, had his other girlfriend slip her ecstasy … the list goes on and on. Good riddance.
So what else did the new EP’s reveal about the upcoming Season 4? It’s senior year, y’all!
Alberghini adds, “It’s a year where the possibility exists for you to get into the most trouble you’ve ever been in, and it’s also the time when you really have to hit the ground running, and get your s*** together, because the rest of your life is about to start.”
And with all of those changes, the year won’t be a smooth one. “There’s a lot of interconnectedness in this group, so this year is all about how those relationships and friendships blow up and come back together,” Chessler says.
Since the only stable relationship on the show as of now is Jake (Brett Davern) and Tamara (Jillian Rose Reed), that means shippers better prepare for some rocky times ahead. “Without giving anything away, this is a time when you start reevaluating what works about a relationship,” Alberghini says. “Also, as you become older, your tastes become more sophisticated, and you become more discerning about what you want in life. I think that carries through to the relationships on our show this year.”
Chessler adds, “There were some things that happened in Season 3 with Jake and Tamara that needed to have some ramifications. Like, when she ran for president and won, I think she usurped part of his identity, so that’s something we’re going to play out this year.”
And speaking of ramifications, Jenna will still be paying for her “sanity sabbatical” in Season 3. “This year, she will discover there are still ramifications from her behavior in Season 3 that she hadn’t really expected,” Chessler teases. “That throws her for a loop.”
As for resident mean girl Sadie (Molly Tarlov), love will still be in the air … and so will some major emotional revelations. “We’ve got some really fun stuff in store for Sadie this year,” Alberghini says. “A lot of assumptions that Sadie wants us to make about her as a human being will be challenged this year.”
Chessler adds, “We love her relationship with Austin (Shane Harper), so we’re going to play that more. When that character, who is obviously the most heavily armored character you can imagine, is vulnerable, we find that really heartbreaking. There are some interesting revelations about what’s really been going on with Sadie and what she’s been fronting.”
While many fans are wondering if Season 4 will be “Awkward’s” last — as senior year kind of spells the end for high school shows — here’s some more good news: “Season 4 ends with spring break,” Chessler says. That still leaves a few months after spring break shenanigans for a Season 5, right?
“Awkward” Season 4 premieres Tuesday, April 15 at 10 p.m. ET on MTV.