Andrew (Feldman) and Zelda (Milioti) date for eight months, three weeks, five days and one hour. “This television program is the comprehensive account of their relationship from A to Z,” says the narrator (Katey Sagal), setting up the show’s framework.
Romantic Andrew works for an online dating company that’s more interested in keeping its customers single, desperate and paying for its service. He believes in fate, destiny and the idea of “The One” woman he’s meant to be with. Zelda is a pragmatic lawyer who likes the control and order the legal system offers, and she’s not into the romance thing at all. A bug in the dating service’s algorithm creates a reason for Andrew and Zelda to meet, but Andrew senses that he knows her from somewhere. Turns out, they have been within 5 feet of each other on 19 different occasions without noticing each other. Andrew thinks Zelda might be the woman in the silver dress he was instantly smitten with once at a concert. With help from his wisecracking bearded best friend Stu (Zebrowski), Andrew tries to determine if it was indeed Zelda.
“This will be the best alphabetical relationship comedy ever,” executive producer Will McCormack jokes, but he’s not far from the truth. “There’s 26 episodes in a season,” says creator Ben Queen. “Some episodes are going to cover more than one letter, but what I thought was cool about the idea is that you can sort of comprehensively look at an aspect of a relationship from beginning to end.” What happens when the show gets to Z or the clock runs out on Andrew and Zelda’s eight months of dating will be the show’s great mystery.
“I think that’s what makes it such a great show,” Milioti says. “The saying that opposites attract. It’s really, really quite true, and I think there’s great space for humor there to see how they let each other into each others’ lives.”
The themes, structure and ’90s sitcom star narrator will force immediate comparisons to How I Met Your Mother, not to mention that Milioti portrayed the titular Mother in that series.
Whereas Milioti entered long-established HIMYM the tail end, starring in a show being built from the ground up is a little more challenging. “The food is not as good,” she jokes. “I was so warmly welcomed to How I Met Your Mother, that it felt like I had been there much longer than I actually was. … I came into a well-oiled machine.”
Milioti doesn’t mind if “The Mother” label sticks. “It’s not strange,” she says. “It was such an incredible experience. It’s an honor to be known as ‘The Mother.’”
Source: Channel Guide Magazine
The fall TV season is quickly approaching, but eager fans do not have to wait until Oct. 2 to watch one of the best new comedies in the fall lineup, NBC’s “A to Z.”
The hilarious and adorable new show, which has been released digitally for your viewing pleasure, centers around Andrew (Ben Feldman) and Zelda’s (Cristin Milioti) relationship journey from A to Z. But don’t be fooled by the title, executive producer and writer Ben Queen tells Zap2it and a small group of journalists visiting the set. The Z doesn’t necessarily mean they break up.
“At the end of the season there’s going to be a big change in their relationship in one way or another,” says Queen. “I like that when people watch it and they wonder if they’re going to break up or going to get married. I like the idea of putting a fun ticking clock on it.”
“A to Z” is a great show to help fill the void created by the lack of romantic comedy films today. Queen was able to give us some answers on why that’s the case at the box office these days saying, “I talked to a very well known romantic comedy producer who told me the reason they aren’t making them is because they can’t get movie star males to star in their movies. It is this weird trend that’s happening.”
So we should probably stop waiting around for “The Wedding Planner 2,” starring Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey.
Potential viewers, be warned, prepare to fall even more in love with Cristin Milioti and Ben Feldman. Milioti — the mother, yes, the mother — says Zelda is more of a stretch than playing the pivotal character in “How I Met Your Mother” for her, “It’s just a completely different ballgame. I feel like the character I played in ‘How I Met Your Mother’ is quite closer to me in life, perhaps than Zelda. I very much relish the opportunity to play someone who’s not like myself,” the actress explains.
Feldman says he also welcomed the opportunity to leave his “Mad Men” alter ego MIchael Ginsberg behind as well. “This is so much more comfortable and easier to be creative and fun and relaxed,” he says of the “A to Z” experience. “One thing that’s great for me is that cast of ‘Mad Men’ was like three hundred thousand people. I think it’s really cool to be in a cast sized like a dinner party. ‘Mad Men’ felt like a high school lunch room, so it’s nice to be a part of this,” Feldman adds.
Besides the “Love Actually”-esque journey to romance, viewers can expect, lots of pop culture references (the pilot pays homage to “Back to the Future” and Queen revealed there is a “Laverne and Shirley” connection in an upcoming episode), many funny and touching moments and possibly some big names as guest stars. Milioti even revealed her dream TV mom would be Fleetwood Mac frontwoman, Stevie Nicks, and she has a bit of an obsession with Jeff Goldblum.
“A to Z” premieres Thursday, Oct. 2 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
Cristin attended Variety And Women In Film’s Emmy Nominee Celebration yesterday. I have added photos from the event to the gallery at the link below. She looked quite lovely!
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Thanks to Meghan, you can find new promotional photos from A to Z in the gallery.
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NBC has released the digital premiere of A to Z! You can watch it at nbc.com or embedded below! Enjoy!
Sorry for the quietness around here, but there really hasn’t been too much to report regarding Cristin lately. However, she did make an appearance at NBCUniversal’s 2014 Summer TCA Tour. You can find photos from the event in the gallery below.
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Cristin will be performing at Joe’s Pub again, on Thursday, June 19th. Tickets are $25.00 each and the show starts at 11:30 PM. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
Mark your calendars! Cristin’s new show, “A to Z” is set to premiere in the beginning of October!
Thursday, Oct. 2
8:00-9:00 THE BIGGEST LOSER (TIME PERIOD PREMIERE)
9:00-9:30 BAD JUDGE
9:30-10:00 A TO Z