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Taking a better-late-than-never approach, ABC has officially renewed a slew of shows for the 2013-14 TV season, including rookie drama Nashville and established hits Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Revenge,Once Upon a Time and Castle.
Sophomore bubble comedy Suburgatory also has been picked up for a third season.
Question: Do you know if Dalia will still be living with George next season on Suburgatory? I love that dynamic. I hope it doesn’t go away just because George and Dallas broke up. —Tania H
Ausiello: I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it sounds like it’s going away. “Dalia will really want to remain part of George’s world, but given what has gone on with her and Tessa, how realistic is that?” muses series creator Emily Kapnek. “It will be really hard for George to justify spending time with Dalia. It will hurt him probably to turn his back on her. Until Dalia and Tessa can reconcile, there really is no place for Dalia to go with that. I imagine that she would be really upset and hurt, and probably take some of this stuff out on Dallas, blaming her for the loss of Daddy Altman.”
I am about a month and a half behind on news, so I am currently trying to catch up. My apologies!
When ABC’s “Suburgatory” first premiered, it was easy to dismiss the blonde and vapid Dalia Royce (Carly Chaikin) as just another stereotypical mean girl, but as the show has developed, so has Dalia — she’s become one of show’s most unexpected delights, with Chaikin’s deadpan delivery proving the perfect counterbalance for some of the comedy’s broader moments.
This week’s episode, titled “How to Be a Baby,” (Wednesday, March 6 at 9:30 p.m. EST) sees Dalia giving the lovelorn Mr. Wolfe (Rex Lee) some unexpected advice, as well as stealing two of the week’s most memorable scenes. HuffPost TV caught up with Chaikin to preview tonight’s episode and find out what’s ahead for our favorite spoiled Chatswinian.
In this week’s episode, we get to see a very special and unique Dalia trait, which is called “dry crying.” How did you come up with that performance?
Oh my God. I haven’t even seen that yet. Well, filming that was actually really funny. For that scene, we did a bunch of just random takes, where they just let the camera roll, and basically, I just did whatever came to mind and I cannot wait to see what they pick. We had one where it was an extreme close-up on my mouth … It was so funny.
The episode shows Dalia being an advice guru of sorts for a heartbroken Mr. Wolfe, but Dalia isn’t exactly the first person you’d think of when it comes to imparting wisdom …
I think Dalia is good at getting revenge. There’s stuff that comes out later in the season, and I think this kind of foreshadows that a little bit, about how Dalia wants to hurt people who hurt her … So any chance [she has] to get back at someone who has hurt [someone], she takes advantage of that opportunity to do that.
Question: Burning Suburgatory Q — will Malin Akerman be hanging around Chatswin next season? —Sharada
Ausiello: “That’s the intention,” says series creator Emily Kapnek. “If her [ABC pilot Trophy Wife], for whatever reason, didn’t go forward, we’d love to do an extended episode arc with her. If we were able to even just get her for a couple [episodes], in the event that her pilot did go forward, that would be great, too.” Should the underrated comedy be back for Season 3 (and I remain convinced it will) Kapnek can easily envision the show “evolving into a co-parenting” situation, with Tessa bouncing between Jeremy Sisto’s George and Akerman’s Alex. Regardless, she assures fans that “George and Tessa are due for a little bit of a reconnection.”
Apologies for the late posting on this, but thought you guys might like to read it, anyway.
There’s some serious drama going down in the ‘burbs.
ABC’s Suburgatory always brings the laughs. But this Wednesday’s one-hour season finale (airing at 8/7c) finds the denizens of Chatswin also dealing with plenty of emotional upheaval as George and Dallas’ plan to merge their families blows up in their faces.
Below, executive producer Emily Kapnek gives TVLine the scoop on Tessa and Dalia’s feud — which turns violent in the finale (take a look at the photo to the right for proof) — a mother of a return, and the future of lovebirds Tessa and Ryan.
TVLINE | How is Tessa going to retaliate against Dalia?
Tessa and Dalia have been on each other’s s–t list for a while. [Laughs] As the blows get lower and dirtier, Tessa is scouring her mind for a way to turn this around… Things really get pretty dirty between the two of them. Ultimately, these two really have a lot in common. One of the great moments in that fight sequence between the two of them [in the finale is] where [they're] like, “Your mom said, ‘Hi.’” “Your dad said, ‘Hi.’” They have such a long list of injuries where they have all this overlap about people that have hurt them or not been there for them when they should have been. That makes the emotion that much more at the surface. These two have a long way to go before they can reconcile, and I do have hopes that we’ll get them there.
Jane Levy, 23, is the star of TV comedy Suburgatory, in which she has red hair. She loves changing her look and will be black-haired in new film Evil Dead.
What can we expect from Tessa in the next series of Suburgatory?
She’s a Chatswinian now. She’s no longer trying to get out of suburbia, she’s embraced it as her home. She also has a new interest in her mother. She spent the summer in New York, found some of her mother’s things and is starting to wonder who she is. Then she meets her. It was such a pleasure to discover that relationship with Malin Akerman, who plays her. She’s a great actress.
It must have been emotional to film the scenes where Tessa meets her mum for the first time?
It was. This is a huge moment, meeting a parent that you never met before. It’s almost so big that Tessa doesn’t even know how to comprehend it yet. In a way it brings her and her dad [Jeremy Sisto] closer together. There’s an episode where she says to her mum: ‘Thanks for having me, but I’m going to go back to my dad now.’
Is it true the show is planning a tribute to Homeland?
I’ve never watched Homeland, but Suburgatory’s creator Emily is in love with it. She likes to make sure she’s not making fun of it but I know there was an episode recently where Dalia [Carly Chaikin] opened up a Torah [Jewish religious text] and prayed. I don’t know why, but that has got to be to do with Homeland.
In the first part of the hour, “Apocalypse Meow,” Dallas offers to help George tell Tessa that he’s sold their house and that they’re combining residences, but it doesn’t go as planned. The rift between Dalia and Tessa widens as Dalia goes out of her way to make Tessa miserable and Tessa seeks break-up revenge. Meanwhile, Noah obsesses over Carmen even though she’s dating his therapist.
In the second part, “Stray Dogs,” Sheila launches a chastity campaign in Chatswin and convinces Mr. Wolfe to throw a Chastity Ball at the high school, assuming that Lisa will be crowned queen of the ball. Meanwhile George buys a house for Dallas and receives a visit from her ex-husband, and Tessa sets up residence in her bathroom stall at school.
As George on Suburgatory, you play a sweet and worried single dad–it’s a departure from some of the darker stuff you’re known for. Was that a conscious choice?
Well, I was coming off of being on Law & Order, and I was a little worried that it might be the end of my career–I’ve never been one of those actors with a lot of confidence that the next good job will come along. Then I got a call for this half-hour comedy. It seemed funny and kind of different, and miraculously I got cast. I’ve always been attracted to more intense and darker roles, but I think there is complexity and darkness in comedies as well.
Do you relate to George?
The biggest connection from the beginning was that I had just had a daughter [Charlie, now 3], and George had a daughter. I was falling in love with my little girl and going through that “This is a strange new love that I have never known before” feeling. It definitely helped me relate to the role. And my daughter in the show is older, so that has made me reflect on Charlie growing up and imagine trying to let go of her so she can spread her wings… I know that when she gets to that age where she wants to go to the mall instead of hang out with me, I’m going to feel really bad.
#2.20 – “Go, Gamblers!” – When it comes time for Ryan to choose a college, Tessa endeavors to remain neutral even though Ryan begs her to decide for him. Tessa ultimately rigs his decision-making process, and Dalia uses this to her advantage. Meanwhile, George asks Dallas to move in with him in the most unromantic way, and as a newly licensed realtor, Sheila sells George’s house before it hits the market.
There’s trouble brewin’ in suburban paradise!
Suburgatory is welcoming back Jay Mohr, who will reprise his role as Steve Royce, Dallas’ (Cheryl Hines) ex-husband, we’ve exclusively learned.
And he’s not just returning for any ol’ episode, as the comedian will be back for the ABC hit comedy’s season two finale!
Though details of what brings Steven back to Chatswin are being kept under wraps, we’re sure fans of Dallas and George’s (Jeremy Sisto) relationship are less than thrilled by the news of his return.
Dallas divorced Steven after it was revealed he was cheating on her. Viewers last saw Steve in the season one episode “The Casino Trip.”
The season finale is set to air in April.