Abby’s Review 2019 TV-Show Series Cast Crew Online
Creator: Josh Malmuth
Stars: Natalie Morales, Neil Flynn, Nelson Franklin
Review: Written by Malmuth, Abby’s echoes the tradition of one of NBC’s classic comedy series Cheers. It is set at an unlicensed bar in San Diego where the regulars enthusiastically enforce a unique set of rules that give them a sense of community and allow them to avoid the frustrating behavior found at other establishments.
Morales will play the title role of Abby. No-nonsense, slight but strong, Abby was a staff sergeant in the Army who did two tours of duty in Afghanistan. Warmly convivial but never openly sentimental, Abby has found her calling — hosting friends and newcomers in her open-air backyard bar where locals find camaraderie and a kind of sanctuary. It’s her livelihood, her lifeblood, and she’s clearly unnerved when her new landlord shows up citing all kinds of reasons why the whole venture is illegal.
Morales, known for her role as Claire on Fox’s The Grinder, currently recurs on Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet. The role also reunites Morales with Schur, with whom she worked on Parks and Recreation. On the feature side, she was most recently seen as Rosie in Battle of the Sexes. Morales is repped by CAA, Bleecker Street Entertainment and attorney Mitch Smelkinson.
From Michael Schur (“The Good Place,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Parks and Recreation” and “Master of None”) and Josh Malmuth (“New Girl,” “Superstore”) comes a hilarious new comedy about the best neighborhood bar in San Diego – home to low prices, good company and, of course, Abby (Natalie Morales, “BoJack Horseman,” “Girls,” “Parks and Recreation”).
This unlicensed, makeshift establishment in Abby’s backyard is the perfect gathering place for locals to find camaraderie and sanctuary. To maintain the perfect bar ecosystem, all patrons must abide by a specific set of rules. This includes no cell phones (not even to look something up), understanding that rising through the hierarchy to earn a seat at the bar takes time and knowing that losing a challenge may have some unpleasant and unpalatable drink-related repercussions.
As a bar owner, Abby has found her true calling hosting friends and newcomers alike. No-nonsense Abby is ex-military, having served two tours as a staff sergeant in the Marines. Her world is shaken when new landlord Bill (Nelson Franklin, “Black-ish,” “Veep,” “New Girl”), who recently inherited the house from his deceased aunt, unexpectedly shows up and cites all kinds of reasons why the whole venture is illegal. Newly divorced, he is a cautious worrier and definite non-risk-taker who eventually warms to the place and agrees to let the bar remain open, provided Abby makes some changes.
The cast of regulars also includes Fred (Neil Flynn, “The Middle,” “Scrubs”), a fixture at the bar who is grateful for a place to enjoy a beer and conversation – and refuses to allow some bureaucratic busybody to disrupt his perfect refuge; Beth (Jessica Chaffin, “Big Mouth,” “Search Party,” “Pitch Perfect 3”), a harried mom living next door who can escape the madness of her home life while still keeping an eye on things from her perch atop a bar stool; Rosie (Kimia Behpoornia, “Unicorn Store,” “Pop Rox”), the bar manager who prides herself on having memorized all 162 rules and regulations; and James (Leonard Ouzts, “Set It Up,” “Master of None”), the gentle scaredy-cat of a bouncer who crumbles in the face of confrontation.
As any regular patron of Abby’s will attest, hanging out there is a coveted honor. And once you’re in, you’re family.
In addition to executive producing, Malmuth also serves as showrunner. Schur and David Miner (“The Good Place,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “30 Rock”) also executive produce. Pamela Fryman directed the pilot. “Abby’s” is shot completely outdoors in front of a live studio audience, the first time a multi-camera comedy has done so.”Abby’s” is produced by Universal Television, Fremulon, Waila Inc. and 3 Arts Entertainment.
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