'The Exes' Cast Finds Groove On and Off Set
"The Exes" Season 3
Season 3 of TV Land's "The Exes" kicks off Wednesday at 10:30 PM and features the guys (Wayne Knight as Haskell Lutz, Donald Faison as Phil Chase, and David Alan Basche as Stuart Gardner) trying to repair a vintage ... err, let's just call it a "pleasure device" of Holly Franklin's (Kristen Johnston).
Yahoo! TV visited the set of the multicam sitcom where the cast talked about what viewers can expect from the new season, the actors who are most and least like their character, and how their strong off-screen bonding has lead to better onscreen chemistry.
Johnston and Faison preview the season premiere:
"When we left off, Holly finally got a boyfriend" (played by guest star Diedrich Bader), Johnston recaps. "So, we're connecting with Holly — and all of them really — at this moment in their lives when they're transitioning into new lives."
Johnston is extremely proud of "The Exes," and it's clear that she's a huge fan of her co-stars as well. "What we have to do as a television-watching society is that if there is something decent — that's written and acted well — you've got to support it," Johnston says. "And I love my 'Survivor' and I love my 'Drag Race,' but there's something to be said about supporting an actual 20 minutes of comedy. When I watch this show, I laugh out loud five or six times."
Knight ("Jurassic Park" and "Seinfeld") and Basche reveal that we're going to see a lot more of the characters' backstories in the new season, although Haskell and Stuart are still trying to find where they fit in as divorcees. "Stuart is always trying to fix everything in all of their lives," Basche says of his tightly wound character. "Season 3 picks up right there. Stuart is just as neurotic as he was before."
"Haskell is a couch potato, just trying to leave a mark," Knight explains. "But we learned last season that he was a pro bowler, and we learn this season that his ex-wife is about to remarry. And something happens on the way to her getting married that affects his life in a way that he didn't anticipate. This season the inter-dependence between the characters has become much more genuine."
Knight points out that this is the season in which the cast has started to feel like a family. "When you're in your 20s and you get a series, you just immediately start hugging," he explains. "But when you've done this before and you come together, it takes a while before you cast your lot with each other. And I think we have now. We actually ask about each other's families and what's going on with each other's lives. ... And we actually care. We're not just perfunctory. When you toss a ball to someone and you know they're going to hit it back, you don't worry. So the flow comically gets better."
"We're all very happy to be here now," Basche adds.
Faison agrees: "When you have a bunch of people who have been in the business for as long as a lot of us cast members have been in the business, you're off to a good start."
And that on-set camaraderie has bled off screen, too. "We saw 'Star Trek' together, we have plans to see 'Man of Steel' together. ... It really feels like we've gone through it and have come out the other side, and now we're better off for it," Faison says of the cast spending their free time together. "As for Phil's trajectory this season, things get really interesting for Phil. Phil has an unsuspecting girlfriend it looks like. The fans won't see it coming." We will now!