Why is Alan Arkin not doing The Kominsky Method on Netflix?

ACTOR Alan Arkin played Norman Newlander on the first two seasons of The Kominsky Method, but did not return for season three.

All six episodes of the third and final season can be found on the streaming service Netflix.

Why is Alan Arkin not doing The Kominsky Method on Netflix?

The first two seasons of The Kominsky Method follow the exploits of acting coach Sandy Kominsky, played by Michael Douglas, and his best friend Norman.

Norman's funeral was held during the opening episode of season three, stunning fans of the show.

However, it was always the plan of Arkin to leave the show after season two, according to Deadline.

Season two was released on Netflix in October 2019, and at the time it was not clear if there would be more episodes.

Season three would launch in May of 2021 – but without Arkin.

“The Kominsky Method has been a true passion project for me and it’s been an incredible experience to see the warm response from both audiences and critics," series creator Chuck Lorre said when the series was renewed, according to Deadline.

"I’m excited to wrap up the story with this final chapter."

Fans fell in love with the characters created by Douglas and Arkin, both Oscar winners. The series follows them as they "navigate the ups and downs of getting older," according to the Netflix description.

Arkin turned 87 in March of 2021. He notched two Emmy and two Golden Globe nominations in his two seasons playing Norman.

Douglas, who won his Oscar for his iconic turn in Wall Street, also has two Emmy nominations for The Kominsky Method, and he won a Golden Globe trophy in 2019.

Who appears on season three of The Kominsky Method?

Season three of The Kominsky Method reunites Douglas with Kathleen Turner.

They appeared in three movies together, including 1989's The War of the Roses.

“Like riding a bicycle,” Douglas said.

“We’d look at each other, and there’s a lot of memories coming back.”

Seeing the two of them act together again was “thrilling,” said Sarah Baker, who plays Douglas’ daughter.

“I like to think of myself as the Romancing the Stone baby,” she joked.

“The chemistry is just there, that timing, the rapport between them.

"It’s the kind of thing, it’s very difficult to fake, so when you have that just inherently between you, we just got to sit back and watch and had a front-row seat, which was amazing.”

Douglas and Turner also appeared together in Romancing the Stone and its sequel Jewel of the Nile.

Season three of The Kominsky Method also features Paul Reiser, Lisa Edelstein, Emily Osment, Haley Joel Osment, and Graham Rogers.

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