After a Golden Globe nomination in January for Best Comedy Series, the rookie show “Casual” is now ready for its Emmy close-up. Cast members and creators of Hulu‘s hit series previewed their second season for an overflow crowd of Emmy voters Monday night at the Arclight Hollywood. After a sneak peek at the first (“Phase 3”) and second (“Trivial Pursuit”) episodes debuting this week, Michaela Watkins, Tommy Dewey and Tara Lynne Barr as well as creator Zander Lehmann and executive producer Jason Reitman joined me onstage for a lively Q&A.
“Casual” is about a newly-divorced therapist who moves with her teenage daughter into the home of her grown-up but childish brother, the designer of a computer dating website. The press release describes the upcoming sophomore season: “After a season full of disastrous dates and their parents’ surprise wedding, Alex (Dewey), Valerie (Watkins) and Laura (Barr) try to rebuild their lives outside the home. But new friends, business partners, boyfriends and girlfriends can only do so much to distract them from a shared and recurring history of dysfunction.”
Among the highlights from the panel:
Dewey, on his character picking up the pieces following the first season finale: “Alex is always looking for distractions, and season two just takes that up a notch. He’s coming out of sis here sleeping with the girlfriend, and so anything to keep from processing what that actually means.”
Watkins, on playing a therapist: “I’ve been in therapy, and it’s a really tough place. I love those (scripts). They’re very well-written; they’re very realistic it feels like. It’s nice to be on the other side of the couch and know what it must have been like to say all the things and not be able to.”
And Barr, on having to warn her parents about upcoming scenes: “My family life is pretty tame compared to Laura’s. I’m very grateful that we don’t openly discuss our sex lives.”
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