The Crazy Ones has become a hit in its first season and after getting the chance to visit the set and attend a Q&A with the cast and creators, we can see why. Read on to learn why Sarah Michelle Gellar needed a stunt double for the Jan. 30 episode, find out some tantalizing tidbits about some of the character's backstories, who on the cast will be reliving their younger days as an emcee and much more.
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Preview of "Simon Roberts Was Here" - Cats, Stunt Doubles and Green Screens
In the Jan. 30 episode, called "Simon Roberts Was Here," the cast has to interact with a cat, especially Sydney (Gellar). A lot of people in Hollywood say you shouldn't work with kids or animals because they complicate things on a set, but it turned out that Gellar and the rest of the cast had some additional challenges to deal with.
"They wrote an entire episode, and we hadn't -- we hadn't gotten to script yet, and the new director came down. And he says, 'By the way, you're not allergic to cats, are you?' And I was, like, 'Ha, ha, I'm deathly allergic to cats.' And he looks at me, and he's like, 'No, really,' and I'm, like, 'No. You're joking; right?' and he's, like, 'No, you're joking.' And then we realize that they'd written this whole episode, and we're all allergic to cats," Gellar said, after learning about her feline costar.
So how did Gellar get through the episode? "With a stunt double," she said. Creator David E. Kelley and executive producer Tracy Poust added that the entire episode was done through the use of green screens and that Gellar and the cat were never in the same room.
"When you watch it, she's never in the room with that cat, but you will not be able to tell that," executive producer Jon Kinnally added.
The Kiss on the Cutting Room Floor
Sydney and Andrew (Hamish Linklater) have a special friendship on the show, but did you know that there was supposed to be a kiss? "There was actually a scene that was cut from the pilot where they had a real connection, and Hamish tried to kiss Sarah," Kinnally said.
Don't fret though, because it looks like more romance is coming for the pair. Kinnally talked about the first time he saw the pilot. "There were things we saw in it that we couldn't wait to expand. Like, one thing we knew immediately, we wanted to do a romance, and we thought Sydney and Andrew together would make a really fun romance.
The Merry Ex-Wives of Simon
At the Q&A we discovered that many of the characters have backstories that haven't been seen on the show yet. Such as Simon's (Robin Williams) plentiful collection of ex-wives, this includes Grace Jones.
"We actually never want to land on how many ex-wives he's actually had," Kinnally said.
Lauren's Sordid Past
Simon's not the only one with a fun backstory, Lauren's (Amanda Setton) got one of her own.
"We extrapolated it into a fun, like, backstory for her. Because we didn't have a lot of backstory," Kinnally said. "So we decided she's very sexual, and she doesn't really label herself."
"But she's so sweet and so honest, we thought, well, she's got to have a really dark past," Poust added. "We just said that she's probably [been] acquitted of manslaughter, we think. We know that [she] may or may not have killed someone in Arizona. We think a lot of things have happened to Amanda."
Andrew and His Sisters
Andrew has mentioned on the show that he's "one of seven sisters," which sounds like he had an interesting childhood as the only brother. Expect to meet the sisters, and learn more about Andrew's background, soon.
"So the sisters are coming," Poust revealed. "We're meeting the seven sisters who are amazing. We read that [script] this week. And we think Andrew's really from the South Side of Chicago, and he has kind of a city past, and more of an urban past."
Josh Groban and Brad Paisley: The Intervention
Fans of Josh Groban will be happy to hear that the singer will be returning to the show.
"He's going to come back. He sort of got some fame, a little bit of acclaim, being a jingle writer, and now he's kind of -- he's sort of living the life that all jingle writers -- the hard life that happens to jingle writers. They all become drug addicts," Poust said.
"So we think maybe Simon might have to do an intervention with Josh Groban when he -- with Brad Paisley, who's going to be in it," Poust revealed.
"Yeah, we actually are going to have Brad Paisley playing himself, and he's going to come in and sing a jingle," Kinnally added.
"[Groban] has become a full-on diva, and isn't happy with that. And let's just say it ends up in a huge fight with chairs going through windows and punches are thrown," Kinnally said.
James Wolk's Past Becomes Zach's Future
One backstory actually came from a cast member himself. Apparently James Wolk was once the biggest bar mitzvah emcee in his local area of Detroit. Once he shared the story with the cast and writers, it was bound to end up on the show.
"I'm big with 13-year-olds. In, like, 2007, every 13-year-old in Detroit kind of knew who I was.," Wolk revealed. "Even now when people come up, and they're about to say, 'I love you on that show,' I think they're going to say, 'I loved you at my, like, cousin's bar mitzvah. You did the best bar mitzvah ever.' That was how I was known in college and in high school, so I told the writers about this story."
Watch out for the episode featuring Zach as an emcee coming up soon. The cast had a great time filming it and a lot of them said they brought their friends to come and see Wolk's act. But it's not just fun and games.
"And we get to learn something about Zach in that episode, because we haven't learned that much about Zach so far. We know he was a lothario. But it was a real opportunity to get into his past. And we get to meet the girl who broke his heart, who may be the cause of why he is who he is today," Kinnally revealed.
The Crazy Ones airs on Thursdays at 9pm on CBS.
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