NBC’s Undateable is backÂ with season two starting tonight.
This time around, the sitcom is slightly less Undateable. After all, it did manage to get itself hooked up with a hugeÂ lead-in: The Voice. And according to creator Bill Lawrence, that’s not the only difference this season…
Bill Lawrence: The biggest change on the show is we added a new cast member. Her name is Bridgit Mendler. She was the star of [Disney’s] Good Luck Charlie.
MendlerÂ is young,Â talented, has a massive following, and thankfully, can hold her own with the rest of the Undateable cast.
Bill:Â Iâ€™ve enjoyed watching her torture all the comics because as all these young people are on Twitter and Instagram and social media, and kind of pursuing their own brand and fame level…to have a 21-year-old girl come on to the cast and immediately be more famous and popular than all of them – I enjoyed watching it drive them slowly insane, especially the male comics.
Chris Dâ€™Elia – when he introduces her he always says that when I first met Bridgit I didnâ€™t realize how lucky we were to get her. But I have a 14-year-old daughter who has never really cared about coming to the show. And the second Iâ€™m like hey, this girl named Bridgit Mendler is now a regular, she went nuts because not only is the girl the star of Good Luck Charlie, but sheâ€™s got her own recording career – is a pop star.
And my daughter said sheâ€™s getting an award this week because her music video (“Ready or Not“) online just got 100 million views. And Iâ€™m like oh, I think you mean 100,000. And sheâ€™s like no, itâ€™s 100 million.
Her optimism and kind of youthful spirit and how good she is at this medium have really changed this show overnight.
Some more second season news: the show is planning to go live for a special episode on May 5 — on both the East and the West Coasts. AndÂ you can always count on the comedyÂ to come up with a number of musical moments. Last year, Brent Morin’s Justin memorably took on Katy Perry’s “Roar.” Look and listen for a little Taylor Swift in tonight’s premiere.
Bill: Not only will the cast be singing, but much as it is in real life, whenever they do, it drives Chris Dâ€™Elia insane.
Lawrence feels lucky to have actors that can act, sing and be funny. Oh and with Mendler on board, they now have a songwriter as well.
Bill: One of the coolest things is if you go see Brentâ€™s act, he often improvs music, which he does. But we got Bridgit to write an original. You know for me one of the exciting things is we have people this talented. You check out the song Undateable or online or if you watch the show, she ends up playing the ukulele in some episodes and essentially writing songs.
Plus, there’s another plan to take advantage of Mendler and Morin’s musical skills.
Bill:Â Brent and Bridgit and the cast are going to be musically synopsizing our episodes every week. So the way that people used to kind of go online and read a recap – weâ€™re doing it musically with the cast. So weâ€™re kind of leaning into it just because everybody other than Chris is a huge fan anyways.
A musical precap
Synopsis for “A Japanese Businessman Walks into a Bar”: JUSTIN’S ATTEMPT AT A ONE NIGHT STAND DOESN’T GO AS PLANNED — Danny (Chris D’Elia) convinces Justin (Brent Morin) to have a one night stand, but when he can’t end it quickly, the gang has a “trial” to decide who is a bigger jerk: Justin or Danny. At the bar, Justin hires a new bartender, Candace (Bridgit Mendler), who isn’t quite getting the hang of her new job. Meanwhile, Leslie (Bianca Kajlich) thinks a gym is using a suggestive picture of her to their advantage, and the guys decide to take matters into their own hands. Ron Funches, David Fynn and Rick Glassman also star.
NBC’s Undateable airs Tuesdays at 9/8c after The Voice.
Photo Credit for Images:Â Greg Gayne/NBC
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