On It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, whenever Glenn Howerton's Dennis gets anywhere near the sun, fans know there's a 90/10 chance he's going to pop his shirt off. (Even if he's indoors, there's still a 60/40 chance that shirt is getting popped off.) Perhaps it's no surprise, then, that Howerton's new NBC comedy A.P. Bio also features his character Jack sans shirt -- well, sans everything, really -- as he contemplates things (and drinks) in his shower. When CinemaBlend spoke with Howerton about Season 1, I asked him what it was like going from showing Dennis' skin to showing Jack's skin.
He makes a good point there. Dennis is the kind of (potentially serial killer) egoist who generally wants people to pay attention to his muscled body, since his intelligence is more firmly rooted in how to go about conning people out of things. Jack, on the other hand, is a Harvard scholar who is rarely more than a few seconds away from reminding people about how smart he is, though he's clearly not smart enough to know that keeping a healthy lifestyle also keeps the brain healthy. (I feel like Jack would want to slap someone for saying such things.) But I can't deny the intellectual achievements that come with the notion to bring a beer into the shower.
It'd be one thing if we were only meant to see the side-length of Glenn Howerton's wet, naked body during one episode. But A.P. Bio isn't shy about putting Jack back in that same situation, with different results. Here's what else Howerton told me.
People don't normally spend time in the shower thinking about how to get their advanced placement students to help take down a rival professor, or about how to get those students to help sexual relationships along. But that's how Jack rolls, people. Hopefully he'll do some no-shame singing soon, too. And hopefully none of it will involve Patton Oswalt's Principal Ralph Durbin, who has taken quite a shine to Jack since the latter was hired on.
Speaking of Patton Oswalt, I also had the pleasure of speaking with the beloved comedian about A.P. Bio, but when I asked if there was anything he got to do on the NBC show that he hadn't in any other projects, Oswalt got a little tight-lipped in not wanting to spoil anything.
So, I mean, we technically could see Principal Durbin awkwardly bursting in on one of Jack's shower sessions, since that would count as weird and extreme. And there could easily be some crazy props involved there, too.
For more from Glenn Howerton's birthday suit and Patton Oswalt's "authority figure with no authority," watch A.P. Bio on NBC every Thursday night at 8:30 p.m. ET. Check out what Howerton told me about why he likes playing jerks, and then to see what else is coming to the small screen soon, head to our midseason premiere schedule.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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