Monday, May 27, 2024

Why Is Alan Arkin Leaving “The Kominsky Method”? He’s Not a TV Actor and Never Expected it To Last More than 2 Seasons


Alan Arkin is 86 years young. He has never been a TV actor. For the last two years, he was Michael Douglas’s co-star on Netflix’s “The Kominsky Method.” And now he’s leaving.

Why is he going? They only have one more season, “He never expected it to last more than two seasons,” says a friend.

Arkin has done all he can as Norman Newlander, a sidekick to Michael Douglas’s Kominsky. Arkin, an Oscar winner, garnered two Emmy nominations for Best Actor in a Comedy, but he can see the writing on the wall. He’s not going to win. At 86, why stick around?

Arkin won the Oscar for “Little Miss Sunshine” in 2006. Besides that he’s had 3 other Oscar nominations including “Argo.” He hasn’t been in a TV series since “One Centre Street” in 2001, and that was only because the great Sidney Lumet wrote and directed it. Before that, he had his own short lived comedy called “Harry,” in 1987.  But his real career is movies, and he has an enormous resume full of great performances.

My source says “Kominsky” was only supposed to be 2 seasons. The third season was a surprise announcement. Netflix probably wasn’t there with the money to keep Arkin interested. (At 86, you need some incentive to come into work every day.) “Kominsky” was sort of like a distaff “Grace and Frankie.” But in that case you had the intense motivation of the main actors, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, to make it work. So they’ve gone 7 seasons.

Alan Arkin remains a great American movie star. Watch him in “Catch 22.” Or a little gem from 2008 called “Sunshine Cleaning.” He never fails to pull it off.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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