'Burning Love' team is back to skewer 'The Bachelorette' starting Valentine's Day on Yahoo! Screen
"Burning Love" Season 2
Ken Marino has thrown down the gauntlet.
"Is there really a more romantic way to celebrate Valentine's Day than by watching a parody of a show where people compete to fall in love, and once they do, it almost never lasts longer than a few months?" quipped the "Children's Hospital" actor about Season 2 of "Burning Love." "I think you'd be hard-pressed to find one."
"Burning Love," the "Bachelor" franchise send-up Marino produces with his wife, writer Erica Oyama, and Ben Stiller begins airing on Yahoo! Screen today. The first season, which followed fictional firefighter Mark Orlando (Marino) as he searched for his future wife, debuted last summer to critical acclaim and quickly became a viral sensation. (Season 1 will make its TV debut on E! Feb. 25.)
In nod to "The Bachelorette," the second installment of "Burning Love" brings back a contestant who left brokenhearted last season for her shot at finding a husband. Julie Gristlewhite (June Diane Raphael), a dental hygienist from Fresno, California, after hooking up with fellow contestant Carly, realized she wasn't a lesbian and hightailed it back to the mansion.
With the help of host Bill Tundle (Michael Ian Black), she'll sift through show staples -- like the guitar-toting guy who sings his feelings, myriad physical trainers, the token minority, and the suave hottie with a secret girlfriend back home. Marino has assembled an A-team of comic talent to play Julie's suitors, including Michael Cera, Adam Scott (Orlando's life coach in Season 1), Jerry O'Connell, Martin Starr, Nick Kroll, Colin Hanks, Paul Scheer, and Kumail Nanjani.
"As friends of Ken Marino, we were sort of obligated to do this. There was a lot of pressure and guilt to do it as a favor," explained Rob Huebel ("Up All Night"), who portrays a prince who hails, inexplicably, from Maryland. "I have never been away from my royal family, and I don't know how to do anything for myself. Everything is confusing and new to me."
Joe Lo Truglio ("Reno 911!") found himself in the same boat. "There was no saying no, otherwise he was not going to talk to us anymore. He made that very clear, [so] I play Alex, a father who misses his child very much and can't stop talking or boasting about him or crying. He's a sweet guy but becomes quite annoying to listen to."
Describing his character as simply Jewish, Adam Brody ("The OC") had an ulterior motive. "For me, it was like, stand by these funny people and you will be funny by association. It didn't rub off [on me], but people think, 'That guy's hilarious because so are all the guys around him.'"
Not one to let a good opportunity for a little comic ribbing to pass him by, Black interrupted, "I don't remember thinking that. I remember thinking almost the opposite." Huebel then took his shot insinuating that Brody didn't have to work that hard because he's Jewish in real life. "Although I know little to nothing about it, so I had to dig deep to find any jokes or references," Brody said before admitting that he didn't do any research like going undercover at a temple to better his understanding of Max. "I would be allowed in just by being a card-carrying Jew, but I didn't because I don't take my work that seriously."