‘The Neighborhood’: Beth Behrs & Tichina Arnold Interview — Season 3

It’s no shock that The Neighborhood has clicked with audiences. The success of CBS’ No. 1 comedy, which was just lately picked up for Season 4, hinges on the chemistry of its stars, together with Beth Behrs and Tichina Arnold, who play Dave and Calvin’s other halves, Gemma and Tina.

No lower than 24 hours after CBS handed a renewal to The Neighborhood did TVLine hop on the telephone with the dynamic duo. Together, Behrs and Arnold previewed Behrs’ husband’s visitor spot in tonight’s episode, and gave us a style of what is to return in March 8’s rock-and-rolling half hour — together with an unique first have a look at Dave’s dad band, fronted by none aside from Calvin’s virtuosic missus.

TVLINE | Congratulations are so as! How are you feeling after the renewal?
BEHRS | It was the very best information ever. We’re simply so excited. It’s such a testomony to CBS and their religion in us, and to our crew. During these arduous instances, it is good {that a} crew of 200-300 individuals all know that we’ve got jobs to return again to subsequent yr. It’s the sunshine all of us wanted to listen to, I feel.
ARNOLD | Most undoubtedly. Ditto! [Laughs]

TVLINE | Tichina, I can solely think about what Tina has to place up with as soon as Calvin finds out he wants a routine colonoscopy. Safe to say he is not thrilled concerning the process?
ARNOLD | Tina has been attempting to inform Calvin to go to the physician, interval. And there’s a large stigma with older individuals going to the physician and persevering with to care for themselves. We grow old, we get lackadaisical, we get fearful. Calvin is lastly satisfied to go — we rattling close to need to trick him — and it is essential for it to occur. It’s a fantastic material, and we hope we will educate individuals whereas making them snort.

TVLINE | Beth, your real-life husband — Mad Men vet Michael Gladis — performs Calvin’s doctor, Dr. Fisher. This is the half the place I’d sometimes ask how you bought such-and-such on the show, however…
BEHRS | Well, it took loads of convincing. Actually, Michael got here downstairs [while we were at home] and goes, “You knew and also you did not inform me?” And I stated, “I actually do not know what you take about.” [Laughs]

TVLINE | Wait a minute: You’re telling me it was alleged to be a shock?
BEHRS | He stated, “I’m going to return do an episode.” And I had no concept. They had been maintaining it a secret from me [and it was spoiled]. It was simply so thrilling as a result of he loves all people. We’re all actually shut buddies, so he is met all people in a social setting. For him to return on, it simply felt like he was being added to the household. And I used to be a complete stage mother.
ARNOLD | Oh my god… You had been extra just like the on-set tutor. [Laughs]
BEHRS | Max [Greenfield] was like, “Play it cool, Behrs! Play it cool!” Because I used to be simply leaping up and down, I used to be giving him thumbs up, I used to be giving him winks… Max was like, “You actually must tone it down.” [Laughs]
ARNOLD | They simply love one another. You know, Beth and Michael are simply such a fantastic couple.
BEHRS | I feel he’d go away me for Tichina, although.
ARNOLD | [Laughs] I’m similar to his Black cousin.
BEHRS | He and Tichina textual content greater than we do. I feel he is genuinely, like, extra in love together with her — which I’m completely OK with. Because I’m, too, you already know?
ARNOLD | They’re simply nice individuals. And nepotism is nice typically.
BEHRS | Yes, completely. And sexual favors.
ARNOLD | Not from me! Let’s clear that up!
BEHRS | Ryan goes to put in writing the headline “Tichina Arnold Gives Sexual Favors to Beth Behrs’ Husband.” [Laughs]

TVLINE | Ooh boy! Now, Tichina, I hear you get to sing within the March 8 episode. Tina joins Dave’s dad band?
ARNOLD | Yes! I like this episode, as a result of I’m an eighties chick. I simply love Pat Benatar, so once I discovered that I’d be doing [“Heartbreaker”], I used to be über enthusiastic about it. Singing has all the time been my old flame, and I’m from the theater, so I like that CBS gave me the chance to have the ability to sing as effectively and show one in all my different abilities. But the episode itself is absolutely humorous — and dealing with Maxie Greenfield is simply the finest. I like when I’ve scenes with him as a result of he goes all out. His comedy is the alternative of my comedy — and it fully works.

TVLINE | It appears everytime you and Max get paired — the REO Speed Wagon live performance in Season 2, now the dad band — there is a musical aspect to the storyline…
ARNOLD | Yaas! OK, you are paying consideration… I like that. Everyone on our show [has] been on a stage, and when you get that stage bug, it by no means leaves you. So to have the ability to be on a sitcom, a multi-camera show, and nonetheless get to show these different parts you’d see on stage in a theater, it is all the time an exquisite factor.

(*3*)TVLINE | Speaking of music… Beth, there is a specific set piece in Dave and Gemma’s home that caught my eye. In earlier episodes, Dave and Gemma had an electrical guitar in the lounge, behind the sofa. That’s been changed by a surprising acoustic guitar. I do know you and Max each play, and also you’re an enormous nation music fan… Did that affect the swap?
BEHRS | I feel it [did]. Our prop grasp [Gordon Germaine] — first off, he is a proficient musician himself, and he actually taught Max and I loads of what we all know. And yeah, Max and I are completely [on set] taking part in John Prine songs. I prefer to study Emmylou Harris and Johnny Cash… We needed to step up and say Tichina is the actual rockstar; we are the nation bumpkins.
ARNOLD | You have to show me some nation songs. I do know Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Bonnie Raitt… I used to sing Bonnie Raitt songs. [Begins singing “I Can’t Make You Love Me”] All proper, sorry, I digress…

TVLINE | Are you kidding? An interview and a live performance? This is nice! Another aspect of the show that followers take pleasure in are Tina and Gemma’s ladies journeys. In Season 1, you headed to Las Vegas and noticed Magic Mike Live. In Season 2, you went to Wine Country, the place Tina was mistaken for Mary J. Blige. Have both of you given any thought to the place you’d prefer to see them go subsequent?
BEHRS | I need them to go on an African safari, the place the giraffes can eat the lettuce out of your mouth.
BEHRS | It comes via your window and—
ARNOLD | No! Tina does not agree!
BEHRS | [Laughs]
ARNOLD | Beth has me doing loads of white individuals stuff — and that is one white individuals factor I’m not doing. I’m not permitting a giraffe to eat out of my mouth. It’s not taking place.
BEHRS | Ryan, I simply heard that as a “possibly.”
ARNOLD | No, the buck has acquired to cease someplace! [Laughs]

The Neighborhood airs Mondays at 8/7c, on CBS.

supply: https://tvline.com/2021/02/22/the-neighborhood-beth-behrs-tichina-arnold-interview-season-3/


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