Considering her busy film schedule, many might be surprised to see Melissa McCarthy back on the small screen on the upcoming TV Land comedy Nobodies. Even more surprising is the type of role the Gilmore Girls and Mike & Molly grad plays on the Hollywood-set series.
"We play horrible versions of ourselves," McCarthy told reporters at the Television Critics Association winter press tour about her and husband/producing partner Ben Falcone's roles on the show. "Ben and I are actually very much a part of the show."
McCarthy and Falcone also executive produce the comedy, which earned an early season-two renewal Friday ahead of its debut. The semiautobiographical series centers on three friends in Hollywood desperate to rise to fame after having seen their friends and fellow sketch-comedy-troupe alums make it big. The three band together to land a famous face for a film they've developed in hopes that it will propel them to the big time.
"Its very autobiographical. When they say it's not, they may be lying," McCarthy said of the project, but added that it's a "heightened" version of real-life events.
Writers Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf and Rachel Ramras (Adult Swim's Mike Tyson Mysteries) created the series and play the main trio. They also exec produce with McCarthy, Falcone and MadTV's Michael McDonald, who serves as showrunner.
McCarthy said her involvement with the show stems from her 20-year friendship with the trio. Like the three, McCarthy and Falcone got their start with The Groundlings.
"I just love anywhere that you can help create or be a part of really, really good work, especially when it comes from a really strong point of view," she said.
Many of their friends from the famed sketch-comedy troupe make appearances on the show, including Kristen Wiig, Michaela Watkins, Cheryl Hines, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, in addition to other impressive guest-stars like Maya Rudolph and Jason Bateman.
"They're all our dear friends," said McCarthy. "When you know everybody that's so talented like that, you don't have to go very far. … Luckily, everyone was very game for that."