The fall TV season is quickly approaching, but eager fans do not have to wait until Oct. 2 to watch one of the best new comedies in the fall lineup, NBC’s “A to Z.”
The hilarious and adorable new show, which has been released digitally for your viewing pleasure, centers around Andrew (Ben Feldman) and Zelda’s (Cristin Milioti) relationship journey from A to Z. But don’t be fooled by the title, executive producer and writer Ben Queen tells Zap2it and a small group of journalists visiting the set. The Z doesn’t necessarily mean they break up.
“At the end of the season there’s going to be a big change in their
relationship in one way or another,” says Queen. “I like that when people watch it and they wonder if they’re going to break up or going to get married. I
like the idea of putting a fun ticking clock on it.”
“A to Z” is a great show to help fill the void created by the lack of romantic comedy films today. Queen was able to give us some answers on why that’s the case at the box office these days saying, “I talked to a very well known romantic comedy producer who
told me the reason they aren’t making them is because they can’t get movie star males to star in
their movies. It is this weird trend that’s happening.”
So we should probably stop waiting around for “The Wedding Planner 2,” starring Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey.
Potential viewers, be warned, prepare to fall even more in love with Cristin Milioti and Ben Feldman. Milioti — the mother, yes, the mother — says Zelda is more of a stretch than playing the pivotal character in “How I Met Your Mother” for her, “It’s just a completely different ballgame. I feel like the character I played in ‘How I Met Your Mother’ is quite closer to me
in life, perhaps than Zelda. I very much relish the opportunity to play
someone who’s not like myself,” the actress explains.
Feldman says he also welcomed the opportunity to leave his “Mad Men” alter ego MIchael Ginsberg behind as well. “This is so much more comfortable and easier to be creative and fun and relaxed,” he says of the “A to Z” experience. “One thing that’s great for me is that cast of ‘Mad Men’ was like three hundred thousand
people. I think it’s really cool to be in a cast sized like a dinner party. ‘Mad Men’ felt like a high school lunch room, so it’s nice to be a part of
this,” Feldman adds.
Besides the “Love Actually”-esque journey to romance, viewers can expect, lots of pop culture references (the pilot pays homage to “Back to the Future” and Queen revealed there is a “Laverne and Shirley” connection in an upcoming episode), many funny and touching moments and possibly some big names as guest stars. Milioti even revealed her dream TV mom would be Fleetwood Mac frontwoman, Stevie Nicks, and she has a bit of an obsession with Jeff Goldblum.
“A to Z” premieres Thursday, Oct. 2 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.