"This is destiny. This is like the kind of story that people tell their kids..."
Wait, this sounds familiar. Combined with the sight of the charming Cristin Milioti, that line does feel like a great little nod to How I Met Your Mother, doesn't it? But this isn't the CBS followup. A to Z is an NBC comedy from Ben Queen, Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, which tells the story of Andrew (Mad Men's Ben Feldman) and Zelda (HIMYM's Cristin Milioti) from A to Z. And yes, that's Katey Sagal's voice you're hearing narrate the trailer. The Sons of Anarchy star will serve as the narrator for the series as well.
As the trailer reveals, Andrew's a manly matchmaker, while Zelda's an attorney with a more practical view on life and love. Their paths continue to cross and romance appears to be in the cards.
This is the A-to-Z story of Andrew (Ben Feldman, “Mad Men”) and Zelda (Cristin Milioti, “How I Met Your Mother”) — a pair that almost wasn’t — and all that happened from the day they met. Andrew has always been a secret romantic … not above crooning to Celine Dion while driving to work, with dreams of finding “the one.” He imagines her to be just like that shimmering beauty he spotted that night in that silver dress at that concert two years ago.
Zelda, having grown up with a hippie mom who believed the universe would provide for everything, rebelled into a no-nonsense practical lawyer who prefers the control of online dating. But when a computer glitch sends her a total mismatch, she’s asked to come in for an interview at the Internet dating site where Andrew works, and this is where it all begins. Andrew and Zelda meet for the first time and despite their differences, sparks fly. She thinks it’s chance. He thinks it’s fate. After all, he’s convinced she’s the shimmering girl in the silver dress. Is it true love forever or just a detour in destiny?
Here's a clip that reveals Andrew's obvious interest and Zelda's obvious determination not to date...
Points for creativity to whoever came up with that "It be Jammin'" copy machine out-of-order sign.
Cristin Milioti proved she had the charm and sense of humor to handle a major sitcom role as the titular mother in How I Met Your Mother. It'll be great to see how she does as a lead. Ben Feldman, meanwhile, has been showing off his acting talent in shows like Mad Men and Drop Dead Diva, so viewers may already be familiar with him as well. NBC has A to Z lined up as one of the only two comedy series set to air on Thursday night this Fall. It's hard to feel especially optimistic with that in mind, but the trailer looks good and hopefully the series will as well. Check out NBC's full 2014-2015 lineup here.