Whenever I interview Terry Crews and the subject gets around to the shape he keeps himself in, Crews always starts to flex his abs while answering the questions. It's like watching two kids on a teeter-totter.
"I don't know what you are talking about. I can't stop doing this. Someone help me," Crews says, as he flexes away.
He then starts flexing his biceps, adding, "I can do these, too."
Michael Schur, executive producer of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," which debuted last month on FOX, says, "We literally can't stop him."
The comedy features Crews as a buff detective. His interest in staying in top physical form came out of his days of playing professional football. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 11th round of the 1991 NFL draft and would go on to play for the Rams, San Diego Chargers, Washington Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles.
"This body comes from hitting people at 25 miles an hour. That's the whole thing. But it's weird because, with comedy, they accept you the way you come in. And a lot of people say, 'Muscle and comedy don't mix,' but I've seen where people who are really big and then got in shape, get told, 'You are not funny anymore.' I'm stuck like this," Crews says. "If I gain 40 pounds, people would be like, 'What happened, dude? What's wrong with you?'
"I would disappoint so many people. So it's just one of my things that I love to do. I'm happy to have the space in comedy where I can be the muscle guy, and it really doesn't matter."
It certainly didn't hurt him when he starred on "Everybody Hates Chris." Crews showed a lot of comedy muscles with that series.
There was a point during the summer Television Critics Association meetings in Los Angeles when I wanted to call a S.W.A.T. team to try to help Brenda Song escape from the wrath of the writers.
What got many TV critics upset was a scene in the first episode of the new FOX comedy, "Dads," where she plays an office worker who is asked by her bosses to put on an outfit and be a tease.
The actress — who was born in Carmichael — has a father who is Hmong-Chinese and mother who is Thai-American. Words like "degrading," "offensive" and "racist" were tossed around.
The scene is 180 degrees away from being politically correct, but it is part of a series that comes from Seth MacFarlane. If you have seen "Ted," or watched one episode of "Family Guy," it should be obvious MacFarlane doesn't care about political correctness. He's built a career out of humor that makes people uncomfortable.
The cavalry was called off when Song defended the scene. She said that having been on the Disney Channel series "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody," no matter what she does now is going to offend someone.
"When I first read this, not only did I laugh out loud, but the genius of it all is taking this kind of really edgy humor and trying to find a way to integrate it into family television. And everybody who's seen the pilot, even the commercials, was like, 'How are you not offended by wearing that little schoolgirl outfit?' For me, it doesn't even come from that. I'm looking at it as Veronica. She is a go-getter. She's really dry. She loves her job, and she'll do whatever it takes to get the job done," Song says. "It's not about humoring these guys and putting on an outfit. She's going, 'This is what I need to do to get in this room and get this job done.'
"For me, I love being on a show where the envelope is always pushed because no matter what I do … what I love about this show is we're taking something that I feel like if you can't laugh at yourself, you can't laugh at all. It's comedy."
Song says she's even made jokes that are politically incorrect, such as saying "Oh, I'm Asian. I'm really good at math."
AMC and Sony Pictures Television will produce a spinoff series from Vince Gilligan's much-heralded "Breaking Bad."
The new series will be based on the Saul Goodman character played by Bob Odenkirk. The working title is "Better Call Saul." The final episode of "Breaking Bad" aired Sept. 29.
Plans call for the new show to be a prequel that will focus on the evolution of Goodman before he ever became Walter White's (Bryan Cranston) lawyer.
Gilligan was pushing hard during the summer to get the spinoff off the ground.
"I'm not speaking for any company or professional entity when I say that I really hope it happens," Gilligan said at the TV Critics tour. "You know it's for powers bigger than me to figure out if can come to fruition. But I would very much like it to be the case. And, creatively, we're working toward that."
TV and movie critic Rick Bentley can be reached at (559) 441-6355, email@example.com or @RickBentley1 on Twitter. Read his blog at fresnobeehive.com.