A Classic Modern Comedy
By: Valerie Milano
Will Arnett during “The Millers” panel at the CBS, Showtime and The CW portion of the 2013 Summer TCA at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 29, 2013 in Beverly Hills, CA (Source: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America)
y) 10/7/13 - Forget about going out on Thursday nights. CBS has a great, new comedy to keep viewers home laughing. Sandwiched between the multi award winning “The Big Bang Theory” and the newcomer “The Crazy Ones” starring Robin Williams, is the new adult family comedy, “The Millers”.
Hollywood Today recently got a glimpse into the ‘behind the scenes’ mechanics of the ensemble creation of “The Millers” during the TCA press your and asked a lot of questions about this new, brilliant, laugh-out-loud -and accidentally smart comedy.
The panel included Katie Barker, CBS publicity, network counterpart, Diane Ekeblad, and studio counterpart, Lauren Santiago, joined the cast of “The Millers” , actors Beau Bridges, Will Arnett, Margo Martindale, and JB Smoove rounded out with executive producer and creator Greg Garcia.
The pilot episode pulled in 13.2 million viewers who tuned in to see newly single mom, Carol, played by Margo Martindale, separate from her husband, played by Beau Bridges. In an effort to deal with her new situation she finds ice cream and ‘Dirty Dancing’ at her newly divorced son’s house party.
‘I am single and I can’t get pregnant’ is her announcement and already you know you have entered a whole new dimension in comedy without watching another reality TV show. A show where Will Arnett as son Jack, puts his hands to his ears to shield his head from his parents arguing about their dwindling sex life and his father’s fascination with masturbation while his wife tells him he is doing it wrong. Yet for an aging man who still puts metal in microwaves, he needs his longtime wife more than he realizes.
This is well written comedy. Of course, Beau Bridges and Margo Martindale as the parents of Will Arnett and Jayme Mays, you’ve got some very funny people to deliver the lines and pull viewers back next week.