Fall TV Preview

A to Z Producers Address the Rom-Com Couple's (Doomed?) Future

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Is A to Z‘s central romance already destined for failure?

Given that the new NBC comedy’s title suggests a beginning and, more importantly, an end, talk at the Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour in Beverly Hills on Sunday turned to the fate of the courtship for Andrew Zelda (played by Mad Men‘s Ben Feldman and How I Met Your Mother‘s Cristin Milioti).

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The first season of the show will cover the “eight months, three weeks” and odd number of days that the twosome date (as revealed in the pilot), executive producer Ben Queen revealed. So, do Andrew and Zelda break up at the end of that period? Or does someone die…?

“We’ve played that card,” Milioti quipped, referencing her ill-fated How I Met Your Mother character.

Meanwhile, the show’s letter-per-episode format provides “a good little organizational structure for a season,” not necessarily an finite conclusion when Z is reached, Queen said. “There’s no reason why every season can’t do that and show you one aspect of a couple’s relationship.” (No, the show doesn’t plan to introduce a new pair of lovebirds every year.)

“Some of these episodes are going to cover more than one letter,” Queen explained. “There’s been a trend towards this will-they-or-won’t-they in relationship stuff, which I love. But I was just ready to meet a couple in the first scene of the pilot and follow them.”

Added EP/Parks and Recreation alum Rashida Jones: “There will be an ending in terms of an ending, meaning a change. Relationships change all the time whether it means relationships end, they go to the next level, there’s moving, there’s kids, there’s other people… Our hope is that to put that ticking clock on it will help people to invest in whatever that moment is, whatever that change is.”


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  1. trainwreck says:

    So basically The Mother is going to die on us again .. hmm

  2. Ariel says:

    I loved the trailer and the cast especially the series leads and who can’t be excited by the voice over of Katy Sagal! Yes the title of the comedy is ominous and HIMYM just ended (similarities need not apply) however I am looking fwd to making this a must view this fall among others on NBC’s slate of Fall new shows….it looks promising and I hope it does well!!!

  3. I’ve seen the pilot, and I adored it. They have a great chemistry, and I’m glad to hear that TPTB are already thinking ahead. And I truly giggle-snorted at CM’s reference to her character’s horrible story line/fate on HIMYM!

  4. Suhail says:

    Ranking the new NBC fall comedies after watching the pilots:
    1) Marry Me
    2) A to Z
    3) Bad Judge

  5. Cala Lilly says:

    This is the only show I’ve really, really been looking forward to, so I hope they don’t cancel it!

  6. analog says:

    I don’t think this will last. Sadly.

  7. Zed says:

    It was CT/CB…in the Farhampton Inn…with a blue French horn.

    • That’d be a great version of Clue plus I think they’ll change the story up if they get renewed and leave out stuff if they do as both Cristin and Ben make for an intresting Pair as both came from Comedy shows How I Met Your Mother n Drop Dead Diva.

  8. NBC is finally getting back on track with comedies. I think both this and Marry Me will do well. Bad Judge, and that Mysteries of Laura on the other hand? Yikes

  9. pamela says:

    Love the show, and hopefully they will either marry or move in together and take relationship to next level. Very very good show….the Christmas show was very romantic…