2012 Winter TCAs: ‘Breaking In’ banked on ‘New Girl’ success at FOX for comeback; star Megan Mullally confirms ‘Party Down’ movie
Today at the TCAs, FOX brought together its new, spectacular Tuesday night comedy lineup: New Girl, Raising Hope, and the back-from-the-dead series Breaking In. Co-creator of the Christian Slater workplace comedy Adam F. Goldberg shared with the critics in attendance the secret ingredient behind his show’s revival: New Girl‘s success. “[Fox Entertainment president] Kevin Reilly said, ‘I want to build a whole comedy night,’ so he picked up the [Breaking In] actors’ options,” said Goldberg. “I was in a holding pattern. Nobody wanted New Girl to work more than I did, because that meant we could come back.” He continued, “I got this e-mail [from Slater] saying we’re going to come back from the dead.” Slater commented, “I decided to relocate to Miami. As soon as you move away from where you shoot the show is when they decide to bring it back. I thought it was adorable.” More like, adorkable!
Megan Mullally, who will be joining the show as a series regular in season, was also in hand to celebrate Breaking In‘s renewal. With New Girl shining star Zooey Deschanel just a few feet away from her, Mullally made it known that “I’m adorkable — there’s going to be two.” She went on: “I met these people for the first time at Tuesday night’s table read. I just pulled it right out of my ass yesterday morning. That’s pretty much how it went.” Ha! On a more serious note, Goldberg said that the addition of Mullally’s character Veronica Mann (who is Oz’s boss at the Contra Security firm) will make the show ”feel more like an office show — that meant building in more people in the office that could be funny. Also one thing that was missing for me was a foil for Oz, Christian’s character.”
In related news, it was announced that British actress Erin Richards (Being Human) has been added to the cast to fill in the “hot girl” void (my words) that the show will be lacking without Odette Annable’s presence. It has been confirmed that Annable’s Melanie will only appear in four of the upcoming series of episodes due to her series regular commitment to another FOX show House. Richards will be introduced in the season 2 premiere as the executive assistant to Mullally’s character. Breaking In returns to FOX’s schedule March 6.
That’s where the Breaking In newsfeed ends, but there’s one more matter to be discussed. At the panel, Mullally let slip that the Party Down movie is in the works! Her words: ”I will be doing the Party Down movie. [Co-creator] John [Enbom] is writing it right now.” Boom. Like Breaking In, the Starz cult-hit is going to be revived, but on the big screen. Mullally kept her lips flapping about a possible storyline for her character. ”I think we’re going to see Lydia’s ex-husband — Ed I think is name — who was really racist and a misogynist.” Arrested Development and Party Down resurrected and coming to theatres soon? Praise almighty.