“A Million Little Things” returns this Thursday (March 11 at 10 p.m.) for a 14-episode run — after solely 4 episodes aired final fall resulting from primetime’s juggling act triggered by the pandemic shutdown.
Thursday’s episode finds the show’s main characters coping with COVID in several methods: Eddie’s (David Giuntoli) opioid dependency; Maggie’s (Allison Miller) romance with British roommate Jamie (Chris Geere); Rome’s (Romany Malco) new film and his spouse, Regina’s (Christina Moses), restaurant; and Gary’s (James Roday Rodriguez) relationship with Darcy (Floriana Lima).
“A Million Little Things” creator/govt producer DJ Nash spoke to The Post about what to anticipate for the remainder of the season.
How does COVID impact this season’s arc?
Our show lives in authenticity. The undeniable fact that 16 folks within the writers’ room had been by no means in the identical room, the truth that we have now family members who died and we could not make it to their funerals…that we had huge birthdays celebrated over Zoom…there have been so many issues that we, as writers, skilled and so some ways our lives had been completely different due to COVID. When you take a look at the show’s characters, in case you’re in remission for most cancers [Maggie] it places you in a high-risk group and means being much more cautious about quarantining; in case you’re chemical dependency [Eddie]…it looks like each difficulty of our show was intensified by COVID, so to not embrace it and take a look at it by means of that lens can be an enormous missed alternative. So a lot of our tales — Regina being a survivor of kid sexual assault, Rome’s despair…make our viewers really feel “seen,” and I hope the COVID storylines do this, too.
What about Delilah (Stephanie Szostak)?
Delilah and her predicament is an energetic a part of this season. I do not wish to give away her story, nevertheless it’s one thing we’re monitoring. She’s torn between being there for a guardian who’s aged and needy and being there for her kids. I cherished the thought of placing Delilah in this predicament…the place she looks like she’s arising quick on either side.
Will the impression of Jon’s (Ron Livingston) suicide be felt much less?
I believe it should change and be actually true to what occurs after a cherished one has died. I consider my very own buddy who I misplaced [to suicide] and who was the inspiration for the show, of how I miss him and the relevance his passing performs into my life adjustments. Similarly, there are occasions that happen for [Jon’s children] Danny (Chance Hurstfield) and Sophie (Lizzy Greene), enormous occasions the place they’re conscious that not solely did their dad play a task in “serving to me by means of this,” however “what would Dad take into consideration what I did?” That’s ever-present, however they’ve all gotten to the purpose the place they are not forgetting and selecting up the cellphone to name Jon. They know he is gone. But they’re at that subsequent stage, when reaching a milestone or once they least count on it [that] they’re reminded of him. It both evokes you or gut-punches you.
Do you take into account Gary to be the show’s comedian aid?
Gary typically goes to jokes for various causes. He’s afraid of his feelings and so it is a defend; he does it to assist different folks let their guard down; after which he does it simply because he can not help himself. We all have that buddy who may push the bounds of what you may say or do, however as a result of they’re so well-intentioned and look out for us in each different method…it is like, “Oh, OK, this is Gary.” I believe James [Roday Rodriguez] and I see that in the identical method. In our very first assembly, I used to be telling him that the story got here from an actual place, from a buddy who died from suicide and that, actually, we had been alleged to have lunch the subsequent week. James stated, with out lacking a beat, “He actually did not wish to have lunch with you, did he?” I’d simply met this man and it was so uncooked. I stated to myself, “That’s Gary — he is by no means being imply however he isn’t attempting to be good: he is simply attempting to be trustworthy.”