B Positive goes in a whole new direction, with a revamped opening title streak that puts Annaleigh Ashford’s Gina Dabrowski front and center.
The third episode of Season 2 – the official start of what executive producer Chuck Lorre calls CBS comedy “Chapter 2” – revolves around Gina’s first day as the new owner of the Valley Hills retirement home. . She also moves out of Drew’s house – a house she shared with her kidney recipient for almost a year – and then calls him to meet Harry (Last man standing‘s Hector Elizondo), an angry retiree whose wife, Meredith (A choir line‘s Priscilla Lopez), is dying.
But what exactly is Drew’s role beyond the occasional check in with one of the retirees? If not Gina’s roommate – or, dare we say, her possible love interest – what will become of Thomas Middleditch’s eccentric alter ego?
“[Drew and Gina] have a deep bond that really keeps him in the series, ”Lorre told TVLine. “He’s continuing this journey of self-discovery… and he’s going to make horrible mistakes down the road – the mistakes you make when trying to figure things out. You don’t necessarily get it right away.
“The same will apply to Gina,” teases Lorre. “Trying to do good is a wonderful impulse. Not knowing how to do it is, hopefully, where the comedy is. It was really part of what Mom was about: those women going from selfish to selfless, but not necessarily knowing how to make that transition. “
Lorre also reveals that the next episodes will focus on fleshing out the rest of the newbies – who, in addition to Harry and Meredith, include Peter (how I Met Your Mother‘s Ben Vereen), a former professor struggling with failing memory; Spencer (The ranch‘s Jim Beaver), a retired NYPD transit cop who was a 9/11 first responder; and Bette (The Kominsky method‘s Jane Seymour), an aging beauty unable to come to terms with her senior status. After that, the series will establish where returning characters like Drew Julia’s ex-wife (Sara Rue) and dialysis patients Jerry (David Anthony Higgins) and Eli (Terrence Terrell), fit into the New World Order.
“We’re really transforming this ship – or, as I like to say, fixing a helicopter while it’s flying,” Lorre said of the series’ smooth restart. “It will take more than three episodes to really dig into all of these relationships and characters. With the invention of a whole new set surrounding the character of Annaleigh in the Assisted Living, this had to be the focus of Episode 3 and future episodes, to give audiences a chance to meet and hopefully , to take care of these people. I firmly believe that if you don’t care about the characters in a comedy, it’s not funny.
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