It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Dennis Reynolds and A.P. Bio's Jack Griffin are relatively terrible people that, on paper, don't deserve our attention. However, star Glenn Howerton's ever-present charm and charisma is palpable enough fans can't stop-won't stop cheering on both of them. Though Howerton's time on NBC's high school comedy A.P. Bio has been somewhat fraught with fan-concern over his Always Sunny fate, don't expect to see the actor stressing about any of the pressure.
Speaking with CinemaBlend's Jeff McCobb and other outlets at a recent NBC press event, Glenn Howerton talked about living a mostly pressure-free life (at least in terms of career paths). Though he initially says he doesn't know why he feels that way, he soon breaks it all down accordingly.
People can say whatever cynical things they want about the power of positive attitudes and optimism, but that approach can clearly work wonders with some people. Had It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia been created under less organic circumstances, where Glenn Howerton might be working with less familiar people who preferred money and fame over comedic quality, he might've been in a completely different position right now. The show probably wouldn't have lasted 13 seasons, but still.
Plus, tempers could have flared up quite easily among Glenn Howerton's friends and colleagues surrounding his choice to step back from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia to look for a new show. And for what it's worth, lots of fans did expectedly flip out whenever it was announced Howerton had landed A.P. Bio on NBC, since his comedy was seemingly more fit for cable audiences.
However, now that A.P. Bio is in its second season, which followed the actor's official return for It's Always Sunny Season 13, fans are pumped just to have him around every week. In fact, A.P. Bio has managed to increase its total viewership in Season 2 in each week since its March 7 premiere, jumping from 1.88 million viewers to Episode 4's 2.4 million. The boost in the key 18-49 age demographic (0.5 to 0.6) isn't quite as big, but the show also does well in delayed viewing stats.
Here, Glenn Howerton lays it out there that at this point in his career, he understands that the key to the job is more about keeping oneself satisfied and interested, as opposed to trying to create things that appeal to others.
You gotta love the conviction of a TV actor who admits that they'll walk out of a job if it's one that doesn't appeal to their creative interests. After all, Hollywood is a place where fame and fortune are mighty influences that keep some people stuck in jobs and roles that they'd much rather be free from.
Glenn Howerton told us a bit more about coming into his own when it comes to gaining confidence about his own career-centered opinions.
While A.P. Bio is now getting into its early groove, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia has remained one of TV's most consistently brilliant and well-acted comedies (or any TV genre, really) for well over a decade. FX and FXX likely aren't pulling the plug anytime soon, either, so...the implication...is that we'll be witnessing Dennis Reynold's glorious narcissistic rage for as long as Glenn Howerton is amused by it.
Speaking of things he's amused by, here's Howerton talking about going "nude" for NBC, from a chat I had with him last year for Season 1.
A.P. Bio airs on NBC on Thursday nights at 8:30 p.m. ET, so be sure to be one of the many in the comedy's growing audience.
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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