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Margo Martindale and Beau Bridges playing Will Arnett's parents in a TV comedy? In the words of Gob Bluth, "Oh - Come on!!!" By the cast alone, The Millers has all the makings of a hit comedy, but then we add in Greg Garcia (Raising Hope) and there's even more reason to hope that this one will - at the very least - be equal to the sum of its parts, if not surpass it.
As the preview shows us, The Millers stars Arnett as a recently divorced man whose parents split up. Mom moves in and turns his life upside down, for our entertainment. Things get gassy.
THE MILLERS stars Will Arnett as Nathan Miller, a recently divorced local roving news reporter looking forward to living the singles’ life until his parents’ marital problems unexpectedly derail his plans. After Nathan finally breaks the news of his divorce to his parents, Carol (Emmy Award winner Margo Martindale) and Tom (Emmy Award winner Beau Bridges), his father is inspired to follow suit and stuns the family when he leaves his wife of 43 years. Already in shock, Nathan is even more aghast when his meddlesome mom decides to move in with him.
Meanwhile, his absent-minded dad imposes upon Nathan’s sister, Debbie, her husband Adam and their daughter Mykayla (Eve Moon). Nathan’s best friend and news cameraman, Ray (JB Smoove), was excited to be Nathan’s wingman in the dating scene, but Carol manages to even cramp his style. Now, as Nathan and his sister settle in with their truly impossible parents, they both wonder just how long the aggravating adjustment period is going to last. Greg Garcia (“Raising Hope” and “My Name is Earl”) is the executive producer of THE MILLERS for CBS Television Studios. Emmy Award winner James Burrows directed the pilot.
There's already been a bit of a casting shake-up with this one as we learned today that Michael Rapaort and Mary Elizabeth Ellis have exited the series, which is unfortunate. They were on board to play Arnett's sister and brother-in-law, however it sounds like they're being recast. So we should expect some additional news on this one. In the meantime, at the very least, we have Arnett, Martindale and Bridges to look forward to.
Not only does The Millers have a great cast and executive producer, but it also stands benefit substantially from a Big Bang Theory lead-in on Thursday nights.
CBS has The Millers set to air Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. ET starting this fall. View CBS' full 2013-2014 line-up here.