David Alan Basche, who plays Stuart Gardner in TV Land’s newest comedy, The Exes, recently spoke to me about the new show, his role, and how it is to work with a small cable network like TV Land. He was a really nice guy, and I really appreciated his time.
In The Exes, divorce attorney Holly (Kristen Johnston) introduces her newly-single client Stuart (Basche) to his new roommates—ladies’ man Phil (Donald Faison) and homebody Haskell (Wayne Knight)—who share an apartment which Holly owns. Things start off a little shaky when the two bachelors have reservations about living with clingy Stuart, but Holly is right across the hall to help them avoid any catastrophes. To top it all off, Holly’s assistant, Eden (Kelly Stables), doesn’t exactly let her professionalism get in the way of prying into her boss’s personal life.
Check out the great answers from David after the jump!
Q: In your own words, can you kind of sum up what the show is about?
A: The Exes is about three ex-husbands living together, all trying to find their way after their divorces, but bugging the hell out of each other in hilarious ways!
Q: How did you get involved with the show? What about your role drew you to it?
A: TV Land approached me about the show and I loved the script and the character of Stuart. He’s a little like me, in that he’s trying hard to control everything around him but is just too neurotic to be taken seriously. When I found out that Wayne Knight and Donald Faison were cast, that made me REALLY want to do it!
Q: I was a big fan of The Starter Wife and Lipstick Jungle, and I’ve always enjoyed seeing you in guest spots on several other shows I watch. What is the biggest difference in your role as Stuart on The Exes as compared to your other series lead roles?
A: Well Stuart is certainly the most straight laced, anxious, people-pleaser I’ve ever portrayed, and it’s a lot of fun!
Q: TV Land had a huge hit with Hot in Cleveland. Now they have Happily Divorced and Retired at 35, as well. It seems like smaller, cable networks like TV Land have definitely begun producing some great, quality TV. How has it been to work with them, as opposed to … NBC, for example, or even USA Network, which is also on cable, but a fairly well established and larger network?
A: TV Land has been great. I like to say that they don’t take themselves too seriously, but they take their comedy VERY seriously! No, seriously… They have been very supportive and the biggest difference from a big network is that they are much more hands-off, there are far fewer “cooks in the kitchen,” fewer execs weighing in on every little detail of the show. This makes it easier for actors and writers and directors to just do what they do best.
Q: What are some things on the show that you think will resonate most with viewers who are recently divorced or in a similar situation as Stuart?
A: The complexity of being so glad to be finally rid of your spouse, yet be missing them or missing the idea of being married – that’s going hit home for a lot of guys. But hopefully, since Stuart screws everything up royally, that will NOT be like other guys!
Q: Your co-stars, Kristen Johnston, Donald Faison, and Wayne Knight, all starred in some pretty big comedies in their own right. How was it for you joining them, and how long did it take all of you to kind of gel into one comedic unit?
A: We are so gelling we are like comedy flavored Jell-O. We are like those annoying foot insole commercials, just gellin’ like Magellan. I gotta say, even though these other folks are way funnier than I am, I feel like they let me into their club right away. PS – The hazing sucked, but the clubhouse is cool.
Thanks again to David, and be sure & check out the premiere of The Exes premiering tonight on TV Land at 10:30/9:30c!