Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider’s new show, “The Other Two,” may have just wrapped up its first season, but the genesis of the show actually started back when the two were writers at “Saturday Night Live.” They were looking to create something where the main characters were based on themselves and also addressed, “comparing yourself to other people and wondering if you’re doing well enough,” Kelly says in our recent webchat (watch the video above). They both finally arrived at the idea of who would be the worst person to compare yourself to and came up with the scenario of “your much younger little brother, who’s moderately talented, becoming a superstar and getting everything you wanted.”
“The Other Two” centers on siblings, Cary and Brooke Dubek (Drew Tarver and Heléne Yorke), whose lives are turned upside down when their younger brother, Chase (Case Walker), becomes an overnight internet superstar. Chase’s newfound stardom leads them to question how they may be able to take advantage of the situation, while also trying to make sure that Chase is protected. There’s added drama as their mother, Pat (Molly Shannon), is helping guide Chase on this journey while also keeping a deep family secret from him.
This marks Kelly’s second collaboration with Shannon. Shannon starred in Kelly’s 2016 film, “Other People,” which garnered critical praise and earned her an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress. Even though both Kelly and Shannon came from “Saturday Night Live,” they had never worked together before the film. “I never met or worked with her before, ‘Other People.’ That was just a cold call reach out. But working on that with her was so lovely. We wrote the pilot without her in mind but once she was attached, we really wrote the whole season differently than we would have.” Kelly and Schneider found themselves leaning more into Pat’s grief about her dead husband because they knew that Shannon would do an amazing job with the material.
If Kelly and Schneider were to make it into this year’s Emmy race, it wouldn’t be the first time they’ve been invited to the dance. As writers for SNL, including a year long stint as head writers in 2016-17, Kelly has received seven career Emmy nominations and Schneider has received eight nominations. Schneider was quick to point to two episodes that she thinks would be great submissions for the show. The first is the fourth episode, “Chase Gets the Gays,” with Schneider singling out the music video that the episode is built around and the journey that Cary gets taken on along with Brooke giving it her all. She also has a special place for the ninth episode, “Chase Drops His First Album.” “We love bottle episodes as TV fans and we tried to think of a unique way to do it and in the world of our show, it was an album release party on a plane,” Schneider says.
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