'Awkward' Season 4: Greer Grammer dishes on the new showrunners, Lissa's summer away and senior year

awkward-season-4-greer-grammer.jpg There are some big changes coming this season on "Awkward," from relationship shake-ups, college decisions, old faces leaving and new faces arriving at school, but the biggest change in Season 4 is actually behind the scenes. For the first time since the MTV dramedy premiered, "Awkward" has new showrunners.

After creator Lauren Iungerich left the series in June, Chris Alberghini and Mike Chessler took over, and while new creative voices can sometimes change a show at its core, series star Greer Grammer -- who plays religious cheerleader Lissa -- tells Zap2it that it was actually a smooth transition, and the show will still be the same "Awkward" we know and love. 

"Mike and Chris made a really good effort to make the integration very easy," Grammer tells Zap2it. "We had dinners before the season started, they emailed us all the time, we would go to lunch. They were just very open to hearing our opinions because they knew that we've been playing these characters for four years now, so we're the best experts on our own characters. They would constantly ask us if something was okay, so it didn't feel like there was a big transition."

But Grammer says that they did bring a new energy to the series that the stars didn't expect. "It's like a breath of fresh air because since it's their first season, they're so excited about it," Grammer says. "They loved the show and were fans before they even signed on so they brought with them this new exciting, happy energy that I don't want to say was lacking, but once you get into a routine of things, that feeling fades, you know? It just becomes normal. So it was nice to have them come on set and to lift everyone else up with their energy."

Grammer is excited for the season to premiere, since all the characters are about to begin their senior year of high school. "Senior year is just so exciting," Grammer says. "There are so many fun events coming up. Spirit Week was super fun, that's around episode 4. And the powder-puff game was so much fun to film. We filmed that scene actually on Super Bowl Sunday, so it was very fitting that we were all playing football. And it's also really cool seeing everyone apply to colleges and there's an episode coming up where a college tour happens with a whole overnight stay, and a lot of drama goes down."

But before senior year even begins, Grammer reveals that something big happens with Lissa. "I don't want to spoil it, but no one's going to expect what Lissa brings home from her summer in Africa," Grammer says with a laugh. "No one will see that coming. It's so funny."

Senior year will also test one of the most fascinating friendships on the show, between Lissa and mean girl Sadie. "Lissa and Sadie's friendship is so interesting, and it has such a good storyline this season," Grammer says. "Something that goes down in the premiere causes some drama between them. There's some friction between them and Lissa has to learn to stand up for herself, so you'll see some fun stories come out of that."

And while everyone knows Lissa only has eyes for one man in her life -- Jesus Christ -- Grammer reveals that might change in Season 4. "She might get a love interest!" Grammer teases. "There's isn't like a giant love interest but she's definitely got her eyes on somebody at some point, towards the end of the first half of the season. She develops feelings for somebody, but I won't say who!"

Grammer promises that Season 4 hits the ground running immediately, since there's a big time jump that occurs after the Season 3 finale. "I'm really excited for everyone to see all the changes that have happened since last season. We come back to see the first day of senior year and there's a whole summer that has gone by," Grammer reveals. "It's going to be exciting to find out whether Jenna feels bad about everything that happened with Collin last year. She's back at school and seeing Matty and all these people she pissed off like Valerie for the first time after everything that went down. You don't want to miss it."

"Awkward" Season 4 premieres Tuesday (April 15) at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.
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