• The executive producer of FOX’s new comedy, “Weird Loners,” suggests that the world is full of weird loners.
• “Weird Loners” star Michael Knighton sees this role very different than his last comedy.
• Meera Rohit Kumbhani makes her television debut in “Weird Loners.”
“Weird Loners” executive producer Michael J. Weithorn points out the title of the new FOX comedy is meant to be ironic.
That’s good. Had this been a 30-minute series about being alone, there wouldn’t have been much interaction between the characters played by Becki Newton, Zachary Knighton, Nate Torrence and Meera Rohit Kumbhani.
“We are all weird loners. Nobody really can exist in a relationship easily, effortlessly. A happy relationship is one in which you don’t fantasize about being single more than 49% of the time. We’re all fighting the struggle of how to deal with being in relationships, these people to an extreme degree,” Weithorn says.
The series throws four characters into each other’s lives, and they form a bond.
The actors talked about their roles:
Plays: Caryn Goldfarb
You know her from: “How I Met Your Mother” and “The Goodwin Games.”
She says on being a weird loner: “People say, ‘You don’t look like a weird loner. I don’t get it.’ And I say, ‘Look, I have a great friend who on paper, she’s fantastic. She’s beautiful. She’s successful.’ And everyone always says, ‘Why is she single?’ And then those people talk to her for five minutes, and they say, ‘Oh.’ So I think my character, Caryn Goldfarb, is probably one of those people where you think she seems to have it together and then you just have a conversation with her and it all makes sense.”
Plays: Stosh Lewandoski
You know him from: “Happy Endings” and “Parenthood.”
He says about this role: “I was on ‘Happy Endings’ before, and I played sort of this hapless guy on this show and it really could not be more of a departure from that, the character of Stosh. Tonally the show is completely differently. For me it was a very big departure even though I’m staying in comedy.”
Plays: Eric Lewandoski
You know him from: “Mr. Sunshine” and “Super Fun Night.”
He says about the death of his character’s father: “As an actor I feel like of the roles that have been presented to me, I kind of take that pretty seriously and I want to give it a human twist to it, that it is relatable. And with Eric specifically, it’s like it was on the page too in the pilot. This is why I was so attracted to it. To find someone who was relying so much on that relationship and to now be alone is a crazy thing.”
Meera Rohit Kumbhani
She plays: Sara Sandhu
You know her from: Nothing.
She says on being new to TV comedy: “I am, as you may know, fresh from the womb, and definitely this is my first TV job. I’ve been doing theater since I graduated school, and I’ve been doing theater in New York and other places. This definitely took my life in a just completely different direction, and it’s been amazing.”