Paul Scheer is all over the place lately, and that’s a good thing for movies, TV and comedy in general. Amidst a flurry of projects, he stopped in at Comic-Con to participate in the Adult Swim panel, which showcased his upcoming comedy series NTSF:SD:SUV::. That’s National Terrorist Strike Force: San Diego: Sport Utility Vehicle, in case you were wondering. Scheer sat down with me to talk about the show, as well as his other numerous projects.
NTSF:SD:SUV::’s fifteen minute episodes find the humor in procedural TV shows, parodying popular series like CSI: Miami, NCIS and Hawaii: Five-0. With all of the procedurals on TV these days, there’s plenty of material to work with, but apparently, the bigger challenge is finding ways to out-do those shows.
The problem we've had with the show is trumping what the actual shows already do. On CSI: Miami, they solved a mystery in outer space, with zero-g gravity. Someone got shot in outer space! How do you even make something crazier than that? So, we have serial killer dolphins, sentient SUVs, flying wheelchairs, we have alternate universes. We tried to really blow it out.
From what I’ve seen of the show so far, it seems like NTSF embraces the procedural genre as much as it parodies it and that appears to be what they’re going for. “We start from a place of parody and I hope the show goes past that. We want to do just a really funny procedural.” This seems to fall in line with Adult Swim’s Children’s Hospital, which Scheer has written for. The comedy series parodies medical dramas while also telling it’s own story.
Scheer describes his character in NTSF as a cross between Jack Bauer and David Caruso. While Paul Scheer may not seem like the typical candidate to play such a role, he’s having fun doing it.
“I knew that no one was going to cast me as the lead of an action thing and i've always wanted to do that, because, you know, every fantasy of running and beating up stuff,” Scheer said. “So, if I was in an action movie, I'd be the guy on the side, going, 'I gotta testify! Bring me to testify!' So, it's really fun and put on this wig and be a badass.”
As far as the cast, Martin Starr is the “Chloe” (24 reference) of the group, meanwhile Rebecca Romijn plays the way-too-hot-to-be-a-lab-tech lab tech, which Martin Starr’s character has no interest in.
You can catch NTSF:SD:SUV:: on Thursdays at 12:15 a.m. ET/PT on Adult Swim. (Watch the trailer here)
As for FX’s The League, in which Scheer co-stars, they’re about to start shooting for Season 3 in a couple of weeks, with the series set to return on October 6th. The League follows a group of friends who are in a fantasy football league together.
Scheer said the NFL lockout might have affected the plot of the third season, but because it just ended and football is set to resume, the season will be about the football season. Or rather, the league interactions will be based on a normal season. Because after all, The League really isn’t a show about football. If it were, I wouldn’t be able to follow it and probably wouldn’t have made it past the first episode. I don’t have any interest in football (fantasy or otherwise), but that hasn’t prevented me from enjoying this comedy series. Apparently, I’m not alone in this as Scheer commented on that very subject.
“One of the big misconceptions of the show is that some people are turned off by it, because they're like "Oh, I don't watch football, I don't like football, so I won't get this show." But I think we found a lot of people are like, "Oh, I don't need to like football."
Scheer mentioned that there will be some football player cameos in Season 3, though he didn’t specify names. He also said we’ll be seeing his character Andre’s sister at some point and that Ruxin’s brother-in-law Rafi will be back.
Scheer’s upcoming movie projects include Piranha 3DD and Rapture Palooza, in which he and Tyler Labine play pot-smoking security guards to the antichrist (played by Craig Robinson) in a post-apocalyptic world.
Finally, if you’re a fan of Scheer’s and/or of hearing people talk about crappy movies, he does a podcast with his wife June Diane Raphael, and Jason Mantzoukas, called How Did This Get Made.