Fans of ABC Family’s Greek will not be returning to Cypress-Rhodes University like they were originally promised. TVLine broke the news on Thursday that Freeform, formerly known as ABC Family, has decided to not continue with a holiday-themed reunion film. In 2016 Freeform announced that Greek: The Reunion was in the works as a two-hour television film that would take place five years after the beloved fraternity and sorority members graduated.
While representatives for Freeform have yet to explain why they have decided to not move forward with the project, TVLine spoke with series creator Sean Smith about the cancellation. Like many fans, Smith is relatively confused about the abrupt ending of the project. “I delivered a script to Freeform in February that they seemed to love enough to want to move forward,” he said. “We reached out to the cast. Then Freeform told me they didn’t have the money to make it this year… maybe we can next year. Then I heard from TVLine that it’s officially not moving forward. So I’m obviously disappointed but grateful for the time I got to spend with those characters again. I’m sorry I can’t share that work with the fans.”
Following the series finale that aired back in 2011, Smith told TVLine that he intentionally left the finale open-ended in hopes that the series could potentially make a comeback. He said, “I could imagine where they were going… For me, keeping it open allowed me to have the imagination to think of where I want them to go, as much as I want the audience to do the same.”
Greek followed the Greek system and its members at the fictional Cyprus-Rhodes University. The main characters made up the fictional fraternities Kappa Tau Gamma (ΚΤΓ) and Omega Chi Delta (ΩΧΔ) and the fictional sorority Zeta Beta Zeta (ΖΒΖ). Many members of the real life Greek system praised the series for its realistic portrayal of fraternities and sororities. While the main characters loved to drink, they had other interests that are not always portrayed in other depictions of Greek life. The series starred Jacob Zachar, Spencer Grammer, Scott Michael Foster, Jake McDorman, Paul James, Amber Stevens, Dilshad Vadsaria, and Clark Duke.
Greek ran for four seasons and consisted of 74 episodes. While the series will not be returning to its home network anytime soon, executive producers Shawn Piller and Lloyd Segan are reportedly in the process of pitching the reunion project to streaming services.