12:09am PT by Patrick Shanley
NBC Previews Friday Comedy Lineup With Mark-Paul Gosselaar, 'Undateable' Cast
The 2015 PaleyFest Fall TV Previews kicked off Wednesday night with panels from two sitcoms that hope to deliver laughs to NBC viewers on Friday nights.
Opening up the fest at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills were the new comedy Truth Be Told, a semiautobiographical sitcom from Growing Up Fisher creator DJ Nash starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Vanessa Lachey and Bresha Webb, and Undateable, the Bill Lawrence-executive-produced comedy, which will film and broadcast every episode of its third season live.
Before screening an episode from the show's upcoming first season, the cast and creators of Truth Be Told walked the purple carpet and dished about the show.
"I haven't done straight-up comedy in some time, so to find the rhythm has been challenging and something that I've wanted to do for a long time," said Gosselaar, who had his breakout role on another NBC comedy, Saved by the Bell, over 20 years ago.
Gosselaar plays a fictionalized version of show creator Nash, who is married to an Asian-American woman (Lachey) and is best friends with his neighbor, a stand-up comedian and newlywed played by real-life comic Tone Bell.
"I'm definitely doing a lot of my own delivery," Bell told The Hollywood Reporter, "and our creator [Nash] has been very gracious to allow me to lend my creative voice to it."
After the screening of the episode, the cast — joined by Nash and fellow executive producer William Packer (who also produced Straight Outta Compton and 2014's Ride Along) — answered questions from fans in a panel moderated by Community's Yvette Nicole Brown.
The castmembers' chemistry was evident as they laughed and joked with one another — including a re-enactment of Lachey's "fart dance" routine from a day during production that received a burst of applause.
Also walking the carpet were the stars of Undateable, who spoke with THR about the show's format change to live production.
Star Chris D'Elia was candid when asked about possible concerns or trepidations about performing in front of a live audience of millions. "Who cares?" he said. "If we mess up, we mess up. It'll be fun, and then it will be what people talk about if we mess up."
"This was something we were excited about and really wanted to do," Lawrence told THR. "NBC let us do one [live show] last season and then came back and said, 'How many can you possibly do in one season?' "
A screening of season two's live finale was shown, and a panel discussion ensued with the stars and creators of the show. Those in the crowded theater who expected a high-energy presentation were not disappointed.
D'Elia had the audience and his co-stars laughing throughout the 30-plus-minute panel, with his booming vocals and rapid-fire witticisms. At one point, while co-star Rick Glassman was fielding a question from an audience member, D'Elia got up from his chair, ran to the back of the theater and returned with a large numbered card from a Paley Center employee that he proceeded to use to "score" Glassman's answer.
"This is what it's like," Lawrence told the crowd.
"They're so talented, but it's so exhausting, too," star Bianca Kajlich said of her comedian co-stars. "They all think they're very funny, which they are — most of the time."
Undateable's third season premieres on NBC on Oct. 9 at 8 p.m., while Truth Be Told will debut a week later on Oct. 16 at 8:30 p.m.