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Suburgatory may have a full season to develop its quirky group of characters, but suburbia is already fraught with its own kind of drama.
Jeremy Sisto (aka Elton on Clueless or Billy on Six Feet Under, your pick) recently dropped by The Hollywood Reporter offices to chat about ABC’s freshman comedy and where his character George, a single parent who moves his teenage daughter Tessa (Jane Levy) to the suburbs, is headed.
“The relationship with Dallas (Cheryl Hines) and George gets sticky,” Sisto says. “There’s some stuff that happens that is not what friends do together.”
In Wednesday’s episode, George finds himself under the care of nosy neighbor Sheila (the recently promoted series regular Ana Gasteyer), which begs the question: If he was stuck with Dallas or Sheila for the end of time, who would he prefer?
“Dallas, of course,” Sisto replies with a laugh. “I’m not a big fan of Sheila, George isn’t. Funny character, though. I can see [Dallas and George] together. I can see them as an old couple. As far as I know, they haven’t dated. They’ve kissed. Shh.”
He adds: “It’s not something that either of us is willing to admit, that we have feelings for each other, but they’re definitely there.” (Complicating matters is the existence of Dallas’ husband Steven, played by Jay Mohr.)
But Sisto adds that Suburgatory, created by Emily Kapnek, will continue to focus on George and Tessa’s unique father-daughter dynamic.
“More central is he kind of finds himself in a similar situation with his daughter that he was in when they left Manhattan, so as much as he tried to push away that stage of life, of his daughter having boyfriends, it’s something he’s unable to do,” he says. “When you push something away, you’re going to have to deal with it in an even more intense form.”
The most memorable scene Sisto has shot thus far? “We go to Atlantic City with the boys, which is me, Alan Tudyk (Noah), Chris Parnell (Fred) and Jay Mohr,” he shares. “Remember those two guys who might seem like they might be gay, but they were actually married with women. They come along too.”
Suburgatory airs Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. on ABC.
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