‘Abby’s’ EP Reveals How the Comedy Departs From the Traditional Sitcom
The San Diego establishment, named for its no-nonsense ex-Marine owner (Natalie Morales), is also markedly different for being an outside bar, located literally in Abby’s yard.
“I thought that was an interesting starting place for a show,” says executive producer Josh Malmuth. The watering hole is also unlicensed, so conflict comes quick from new by-the-book landlord Bill (Nelson Franklin), who isn’t thrilled about the illegal spot frequented by such patrons as beer-swilling Fred (Neil Flynn) and married mom Beth (Jessica Chaffin).
What’s more, cameras situated on cranes occasionally pan to show the live audience cracking up at the characters’ antics. “When they’re laughing,” says Malmuth, “you’re not like, ‘What is this disembodied sound?'”
Abby’s, Series Premiere, Thursday, March 28, 9:30/8:30c, NBC