August 08, 2011 10:42am PT by Marisa Guthrie
Jeremy Sisto Goes From Dark Drama to Dark Comedy
BEVERLY HILLS -- Segueing from the bleak drama of Law & Order to ABC's single camera comedy Suburgatory is not as much as a stretch as one might think, says Jeremy Sisto.
But a multi-camera, set-up, joke, set-up, joke sitcom, that would be a different story.
“I have never done a multi cam,” explained Sisto during the show’s panel at the Television Critics Association press tour Monday morning. “But I imagine that’s a completely different experience. And I feel like I would have a harder time with that. It feels like a set-up joke type [show] doesn’t really work with who I am. So I think I would have more difficulty with that. I feel very lucky that I’ve been able to go from a crime procedural to a comedy.”
Sisto plays a divorced father who decides to move his precious daughter out of New York City and into the suburbs, much to her chagrin.
Cheryl Hines co-stars as a cougar/Stepford mom from the neighborhood.
“Jeremy is actually very funny in real life,” said Hines.
Of course, Hines is coming off of completely different kind of TV comedy: Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm.
“It’s a completely different experience,” she explained. “Curb Your Enthusiasm is meant to feel almost like a documentary. Everything’s low key. We didn’t even have a hairstylist for the first four seasons on the show. So it was really an exploration of Larry’s neurosis. [Suburgatory] is just a completely different world; it’s a tight reality. The dialogue is very clever and smart and it’s been clearly written So it’s a completely different experience.”