When Arkin announced his departure after Season 2, many people thought about whether there would be a third season. Then Netflix announced a season 3 pickup, which Lorre heralded. “‘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,” Lorre said (per The Hollywood Reporter). “I’m excited to wrap up the story with this final chapter.”
Maybe that wasn’t completely how the showrunner felt trying to write a final season without one half of his leading duo, as he also tells the Hollywood Reporter. “I can’t tell you how many times I was ready to call [Netflix co-CEO] Ted Sarandos and Michael Douglas and say, ‘Hey, guys, can we not do this? I was wrong, forgive me, can we still be friends?’ But I didn’t make that phone call, and I’m really glad I didn’t.”
On the other hand, Michael Douglas was excited, as he explains in an interview with Gold Derby. “[The renewal] was a little kind of a reluctant thing. They saw us as a two-hander and Alan wasn’t gonna be there. So I had a little chip on my shoulder, just in terms of making this all work.” And he goes on to say, “So it gets six nominations. In the end, to me, it’s just a real reflection of what a good show it was. I had a great part. Chuck Lorre is a phenomenal writer. We got nominations in casting, we got technical nominations in sound. And then of course Morgan Freeman, as well as Paul Reiser for supporting actor, so it was a complete unit and effort.”
Nobody could’ve summed up “The Kominsky Method” better.