Dr. Cox will be reuniting with his ex-wife when Ground Floor stages a Scrubs reunion next season.
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TBS’ new comedy Ground Floor primarily takes place within the walls of a typical office building, but on the day Entertainment Weekly visited the set, star Skyler Astin had swapped his suit and tie for some gear fit for a day at a baseball game. In the episode, which will air in a few weeks, his character, Brody, takes new girlfriend Jenny (Briga Heelan) out to the ball game, where they clash over more than just their opposing team loyalties.
“Brody is a fan of the Giants and being in the luxury suite at all the games, and I got us really, really terrible tickets,” explains Heelan. “So we’re sort of at odds.”
It’s the latest riff in an ongoing (humor-injected) struggle between the two characters who come from two very different worlds — he’s a rising star in the business world and she’s a maintenance worker who spends her days on the ground floor, natch, of the building in which Brody works.
In the middle of it all is John C. McGinley’s Mansfield, Brody’s intimidating boss-turned-mentor. “The only reason I wanted to do it was because this character was so different than Dr. Cox on Scrubs,” says McGinley, who worked with Ground Floor creator Bill Lawrence on the medical comedy for eight seasons. “The big difference is Dr. Cox was a reluctant mentor and Mansfield embraces that and relishes being the mentor and father-figure of Skylar Astin’s character.”
One thing we likely won’t see Mansfield so willing to do, however? Sing, which is something Pitch Perfect alum Astin is (unsurprisingly) often seen doing. “I wanted to be careful because I think we could get into trouble with having me singing too much because it’s an easy thing to do,” says Astin. “But when I figured out the devices they were using, the ways to have me sing and the way Brody sings differently from other characters I’ve played, I think it’s clever. Story and comedy always comes first.”
In the baseball episode, for example, “There’s a little bit of singing, a little ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game,'” Astin previews, “and a little other singing you’ll see,” which may or may not take place on a toilet. If that’s not a tease enough, this season, Astin’s Pitch Perfect co-star Anna Camp will guest star as a Brody’s ex girlfriend. “I love going head-to-head with her,” he says. “She’s a powerful, strong actress, comedian, singer, and everything. It was like having my best friend on set.”
Overall, says Astin, the show, premiering tonight, “kind of has a Spin City feel to it.” “It has a style and an attitude, and that’s what I love about it,” he says.
More from the set below.
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Starting tonight at midnight, TBS is giving viewers a chance to watch the premiere of their new original comedy Ground Floor, from Cougar Town creator Bill Lawrence, a week early. But if you can’t wait that long, EW has an exclusive scene from the premiere right now.
The show, starring Pitch Perfect‘s Skylar Astin, centers on a pair of prospective love birds who work on two very different floors in the same building. (He’s a banker; she’s in building maintenance.) In the scene below, Astin’s character, Brody, goes to the depths below to visit Jenny (Briga Heelan) the night after their first, ehem, meeting.
This should hold you over until you can preview the pilot on TBS’s website (or via the TBS app). You can also catch the super-sized premiere (two episodes!) Nov. 14 at 10 p.m. ET.
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'Pitch Perfect' star Skylar Astin hops in bed for awkward threesome in 'Ground Floor' promo art -- EXCLUSIVE
Pitch Perfect‘s swoon-worthy lead Skylar Astin has gone shirtless and hopped into bed to promote his upcoming TBS sitcom Ground Floor. But in the promo art, which you’re seeing first on EW.com, his bed is looking a little crowded — which is bound to happen when you share it with two other people.
One of them, Briga Heelan (Cougar Town), plays Astin’s love interest on the show, in which their work-romance-with-a-twist takes center stage. (The twist is that she works in maintenance and he’s a hotshot banker who works in the building.) And the other? Scrubs vet John C. McGinley, who doesn’t look like he was formally invited to the party.
The trio debuts in Ground Floor — which comes from Cougar Town/Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence and Friends EP Greg Malins — in November.
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