After one season on NBC's 'Whitney,' Maulik Pancholy has been let go from the cast--and quickly jumped back into the hilarious world of '30 Rock.' Deadline.com reports that Pancholy, who departed '30 Rock' after its fifth season, will have a recurring role for the comedy's upcoming seventh and final season, reprising his old role as Johnathan.
After twenty-two episodes as series regular Neal on 'Whitney,' Pancholy is returning to the critically-acclaimed series that, along with 'Weeds,' launched him to stardom. The move also promises a return pairing of Pancholy with '30 Rock' star Alec Baldwin (Jack), as Johnathan served as Jack's stalwart assistant for five previous seasons. After rumours swirled that fan-favourite Baldwin was considering not returning for a seventh season, the news that we are not only keeping Jack but regaining Johnathan is a welcome surprise. Fans of the series undoubtedly recall the duo's on-screen chemistry and, if they're like me, are hoping for an hilarious reunion.
Pancholy's departure from 'Whitney' is one of many changes affecting the series as it heads into its 13-episode second season, now with showrunner Will Calhoun in the driver's seat. Creatively, Neal's (Pancholy) departure from the program stems from the dissolution of his relationship with Lily (played by Zoe Lister Jones) after Neal came out as gay near the end of the first season.
Pancholy will appear in the premiere of '30 Rock's final season on October 4, 2012.