In the past, a once-cancelled TV show like A.P. Bio would have needed fans to move mountains to get back on the air, be it though letter-writing campaigns, public stunts, or (in more recent times) viral internet campaigns. Of course, such attempts don't guarantee shows the second life that projects like Star Trek or Jericho successfully received. However, A.P. Bio creator Mike O’Brien’s sardonic but heartwarming sitcom was lucky enough to be revived not too long after its cancellation was first reported, thanks to one word: Peacock.
Though the sophomore NBC comedy found itself axed from broadcast TV, a key discovery saved A.P. Bio before it truly headed to the dissection table: audiences apparently love to stream the show. That trend directly led to execs ordering the third season that’s currently streaming on Peacock right now. In the eyes of the show’s cast members, this turn of events couldn’t have been more pleasing.
CinemaBlend spoke with several of the show’s main cast members recently as part of the press day highlighting the currently streaming Season 3. Naturally, as I'm both a fan and journalist curious about TV necromancy, one of the first questions that came to mind was how everyone reacted to the big move from NBC to its proprietary streaming service. The answers were as varied as the speakers were, but one common thread was present: everyone couldn’t be happier to keep A.P. Bio going. The trio of Mary Sohn, Lyric Lewis, and Jean Villepique – better known to A.P. Bio fans as Mary, Stef, and Michelle, respectively – revealed their own endearing feelings about returning.
Everybody loves more swearing, Jean! As you can see from the above answers, the stars' behind-the-scenes friendship was among the major forces that made Season 3 as good as it is, as well as the general appreciation that they were all allowed to return to a gig that they adored in the first place.
Of course, another party thrilled to be back on A.P. Bio duty was none other than Glenn Howerton. With him splitting his time between the Peacock-ordered season and his usual tenure on It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, you’d think that Howerton might have felt a little bit of relief in going back to just one hectic production cycle at a time. That couldn’t be further from the truth, though. Below, he shares his love and respect for A.P. Bio’s foundations, and how he feels the jump to Peacock has helped the show out:
Some of the meta-language that Glenn Howerton talked about refers to A.P. Bio letting those new swear words creep into the fabric of Whitlock High’s language, which leads to some gags questioning whether the students are allowed to swear, when then leads to a running count of the curse words used in Season 3. While there are still some words that hide behind bleep-outs, the dialogue evolution still led to some fun jabs at how things work in censorship land.
But of course, perhaps the best thing about A.P. Bio’s particularly unique renewal scenario is the fact that the move from NBC to Peacock doesn’t sound like it was all that hard to get used to. At least, it sounded like a perfect match made in heaven the way co-star Paula Pell spoke about it in our interview.
Selfish is quite an appropriate word for how A.P. Bio is still alive and kicking on Peacock this very day. Fans immediately asked for more of the dark but sweet comedic misadventures at Whitlock High after the show's cancellation, taking to the internet with the hashtag #SaveAPBio as the sword for their cause. And thanks to the right timing, some key viewing habits, and a new streaming service looking for fresh content, that dream became a reality. Which means that if you’re a paid Peacock subscriber, you can watch all of A.P. Bio on the platform today! Though if you’re a free Peacock subscriber, you’ll only be able to watch the first two seasons and the Season 3 premiere, just to get a taste.
While waiting to see if A.P. Bio will get renewed for a fourth season, head to our Fall TV 2020 premiere schedule to see what new and returning shows are on the way.
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