Monday, August 03, 2015

Seven Questions with Krista Allen of Significant Mother; The CW Moves Up Fall 2015 Monday Shows by a Week

Today, we've got another installment of Seven Questions and this time we have Krista Allen from the new comedy Significant Mother, which premieres tonight at 9:30|8:30c on The CW. She is talking to us about that series of course, but also her career to-date, what type of genre she likes and what else she has in the works. Krista has had numerous television credits. She had regular roles on Days of Our Lives and Baywatch Hawaii. In 2005 she was one of the stars of HBO's Unscripted produced by George Clooney, playing herself as an actress who struggles to overcome her sex symbol status in order to win more serious roles. Her other numerous TV credits include recurring and guest roles on series such as What About Brian, Mistresses, The L.A. Complex, The Philanthropist, The Starter Wife, Castle, Melissa & Joey, Cashmere Mafia, Dirty Sexy Money, Freddie, Jake in Progress, Rules of Engagement, Hawaii Five-0, I'm With Her, Charmed, Two and a Half Men and Head Cases. On the big screen, her credits include an appearance as the "Elevator Girl" in the Jim Carrey comedy Liar Liar, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Anger Management and The Final Destination.

And now of course she stars in the new TV comedy Significant Mother on The CW. The series premieres tonight, so go read our review on what we thought of the premiere. So without further adieu, it's time for our "Seven Questions." with the great and beautiful Krista Allen!

"Seven Questions with Significant Mother's Krista Allen"

Krista Allen

SitcomsOnline: Hi Krista! It is such a pleasure to be interviewing you. We've been a fan of your work from the start from Baywatch Hawaii to What About Brian to your fun guest appearance on Melissa & Joey! I personally cannot wait for Significant Mother, because it looks really funny and has a great cast. So, to start it off...it's been such a long time since The CW has had a comedy series. Can you tell our readers a little about Significant Mother and your character Lydia?
Krista Allen: Oh thanks! Yes, sure. Significant Mother, it is a coming of age story, I guess you could say for everybody... Lydia Marlowe has been married for almost 30 years to a guy hasn't been to most faithful, played by Jonathan Silverman. He plays a character named Harrison and he plays him brilliantly, by the way. They decide to separate and he moves out of the house so that he can have his affairs, and all these things. Then something happens...Lydia goes 'I need a change...I feel gross, I feel yucky, I feel ancient, I feel all of these things...and I need a change in my life.' So something happens where it's almost Nate's (her son) birthday and she goes over to Nate and Jimmy's house, they live together, to drop off these baby pictures and things that she is going to give to him for something he is doing for his birthday. And then "something" just happens...I don't know it just happens, and then it kind of happens again, then well it happens again and again and again (laughs). Nate is out of town and they are both in this place going 'OK this is not going to happen again' and then it happens again and it happens again. Then Nate comes home to find Jimmy in the kitchen completely naked, thinking that he has some hot young chick upstairs ...only to find out, it's his...mother! So that's where we start this story (laughs)...it's not so much 'oh gee Jimmy is this hot young guy and I'm like a (roar) cougar.' I've known Jimmy since he was a kid (laughs), which is kind of creepy, but he makes me feel youthful and he makes me feel fun, and all of these things and spontaneous and silly, all of these things that I haven't felt in almost 30 years. I got married when I was 18 and I had a kid and there you go...it was boom. There's a whole different life for Lydia and now because of Lydia's choice everybody's life there's this wrench that's been thrown in, so it's just not my life that's changing, it's Jimmy's, it's Nate's, it's Harrison's, it affects everybody. It is an emotional kind of connection, but we handle it as a family. I know it sounds really weird (laughs), but we do (laughs).

Krista Allen

SitcomsOnline: Now I know the series was originally developed for CW Seed, which is the digital home of The CW, so were there any changes made to the series when they announced the show would air on the network instead? And I'm sure you guys were ecstatic that it would air on the network instead, too?
Krista Allen: It was such a huge deal for us because it just said 'we do have something good...I knew it!' It was that reaction, 'oh my God I knew this was special.' Other people on set were saying, 'wow this feels really magical, what are we doing?' It was confirmed, they were saying...'nope, actually let's not do the web series, let's push it to the network.' And we were like, 'what!?' It was like that Sally Field moment where she is like 'they like me, they really really like me!' That's what it felt like (laughs)! It was so cool, so they picked us up, the episodes were written and we went to Portland. And we knocked out these episodes in the shortest amount of time...6 weeks; the entire first season was done in 6 weeks. It was a lot of work and we definitely worked really hard...everybody did, but we're going to be on the air Monday, so hey it paid off!

Krista Allen

SitcomsOnline: You guys have some really cool guest stars coming up as well to join the already well-rounded cast...can you tell us who will be joining in on the ride and how they will fit in to the plot-line?
Krista Allen: Yeah, we really got lucky. Linda Gray plays my mom, who is fantastic. We kind of resemble each other in a way too and I'm such a big fan of hers from Sue Ellen on Dallas, oh my gosh. She was really wonderful and just really great. Mircea Monroe, she was fantastic and great. She's so funny and she's become a friend of mine, like we go do things. I adore her... I really love her a lot. Let's see we had, Terry Kiser from Weekend at Bernie's and we did a Weekend at Bernie's episode and Johnny Silverman called him up and said 'hey want to come in and play the hobo?' And he was like 'yes!' so it was really great. Oh Denise Richards came in for a day and played, and that was really fun. Let's see who else, Jerry O'Connell, he came in and played my real estate and that was really fun. His wife is working on The Librarians down there, so it was really, really nice he was down there because he came over and played with us for a little bit, so that was really cool. Yeah, we have some really fun people that came in to play.

Krista Allen

SitcomsOnline: So you guys shot the series on location in Portland. How was that experience like and how many episodes can we expect to air this summer?
Krista Allen: Well, we have 9 episodes. The more people that tune in and the more people that love it, the better chance we have being able to pick-up the back end of that. So we have 9 episodes and it was really fun shooting in Portland. It's great; it's such an awesome city. Everybody was really nice and the food is amazing and they have microbrews and local wines. It's super green and we had a really fun time filming in Portland...it's a really cool city. If you've never been, I highly recommend going, it's a great place. They're budding as a place to film right now...there's a lot of production going on there right now, which is pretty cool.

Krista Allen in Baywatch Hawaii

SitcomsOnline: I think you're brilliant in both drama and comedy. You have such versatility in everything I've seen you in. What type of acting do you prefer, you know like comedy or drama, single-camera or four-camera comedies, dramatic dramas, etc.?
Krista Allen: I love comedy. I love it, but it's a trick question for me. Because honestly, if somebody gave me a script that was a comedy, that was a mediocre script or a great script that was a drama that blew my mind, of course I'd pick the drama...and the same on the other end. I really love comedy, but it's just like a song. When you get into your car and you're listening to the radio station, it depends on what mood you're in. If it's a good song, it's a good song, it doesn't matter what genre it is, you just want to listen to it. It can be some ridiculous genre that you never even listened to like dubstep or something and you're like, 'whoa this is kind of a cool beat' and you've never listened to it before. So I think for me (laughs), it's about the quality and I love comedy but I also really love drama. I love getting in there and getting dramatic. I definitely see the good in both...I just love good projects. I love great material and I love making it to come to life. I live for it, it's so much fun.

Krista Allen

SitcomsOnline: I've got to talk about your career to-date. You've done so many TV shows, whether it is guest appearances or a series regular. I personally loved you on What About Brian opposite Barry Watson and recently on ABC's Mistresses, but what shows or movies did you enjoy working the most on, besides Significant Mother, of course?
Krista Allen: Let's see, one of my all-time favorite ones that I ever did was Unscripted (2005 HBO series). That was an HBO series I did that most of the episodes were directed by George Clooney, and Steven Soderbergh & George produced all of these for HBO. It was in that style, that very smart style, on how they do shows. It was a really funny improvisational show, with dark humor, so it wasn't like 'that is slapping my knee funny,' it was like 'oh God, that's awkward and it's kind of funny.' It was that kind of a humor (laughs), but that was one of my all-time favorite, most rewarding jobs because, I mean, Frank Langella played my acting coach, it was brilliant. Bryan Greenberg, Jennifer Hall, these amazing people that I got to work with and got to become friends with. So, it was really, really fun and we had great guest stars. Jane Lynch was a guest star on it, well anyway that was that, so that was probably one of my most favorite things for acting cause it was the most challenging but one of the most fun things that I did. I loved working on Hawaii Five-0. I got to do an episode of Castle that was super fun. Yeah it was really fun, because Ted McGinley played my husband which was really cool. I have fun with every job that I do, so good luck trying to get me to pick a favorite (laughs).

Krista Allen in What About Brian

SitcomsOnline: And finally, what else do you have coming up that we can look forward to? I know I read about a Hallmark movie and something about being on ABC's The Muppets?
Krista Allen: No, that was actually (laughs) I'm not on The Muppets. That is a promo for somebody else for ABC actors that I got to go because I'm super cool (laughs), so I got to do that and get my picture taken with Miss Piggy, Fozzy Bear and Kermit the Frog, so I know you're jealous (laughs). Yeah, I'm doing a little Hallmark movie for I guess Christmas, it's a sweet little Christmas movie called Rodeo and Juliet (laughs). The horse's name is Rodeo (laughs) and it's a cute little story so that should be fun. Right now, I just got back from Portland, I guess a couple weeks ago and I'm doing all of this stuff and that’s about it. But there's some really cool stuff coming in for me so I'm excited about that...I promise I'll keep you posted!

Krista Allen

We appreciate Krista Allen for taking the time to talk with us! She is very fun and informative. She really seemed excited about Significant Mother and wanted to share with us as much as she could. We encourage fans to check out the series premiere of Significant Mother on The CW tonight at 9:30|8:30c. But first, don't forget to check out/follow Krista Allen all over the web and social media. Follow her everywhere!



Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Jane the Virgin

Moving on to other news, we'll stick with The CW, as The CW has moved the Fall 2015 premiere date for the series debut of freshman one-hour comedy/drama Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and the return of the award-winning comedy/drama Jane the Virgin to Monday, October 12. The series were originally scheduled to premiere on October 19. The CW's summer Monday series will have their finales tentatively on Monday, October 5, including the half-hour comedy Significant Mother. The new comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, starring Rachel Bloom as an unhappy lawyer who quits her job and moves across the country in search of love, with her inner monologue providing irreverent musical interludes, will debut at 8:00-9:00pm ET, followed by AFI and Peabody Award winning series Jane the Virgin, starring Golden Globe-winner Gina Rodriguez, returning at 9:00-10:00pm ET.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, October 16

The Conners - "Keep on Truckin'" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
A sudden turn of events forces the Conners to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before.

The Kids Are Alright - "Pilot" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Lawrence, the prodigal eldest Cleary son, returns home from the seminary and breaks the news to his family that he’s dropping out for good, leaving Mike and Peggy upset and wondering why. Meanwhile, Timmy decides he wants to audition for a children’s theatre production but when Peggy finds out where it’s being held she forbids him from participating. Elsewhere, Eddie tries to keep his girlfriend a secret after Frank finds out and tries to blackmail him.

black-ish - "Gap Year" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
After dropping Junior off at college, Dre and Bow are beside themselves when they find him back at home announcing his decision to take a gap year. Meanwhile, Jack and Diane begin to question whether they should still be sharing a room.

Splitting Up Together - "Sign Language" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
The morning after Lena and Martin sleep together, Lena searches for signs that they are or aren’t meant to be a couple. Their relationship is put to the test after she organizes a romantic beach getaway and it becomes apparent what’s meant to be. Meanwhile, Arthur and Camille trail Lisa Apple, hoping to determine if she is pregnant with Martin’s baby. Elsewhere, Maya struggles to decide if she should tell her new boyfriend, Frank, about her pregnancy.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 15)

Tuesday, October 16

  • John Krasinski (The Office) - Catch John on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Kevin Hart (The Big House/Undeclared) - Kevin appears on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) - Eric is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Kathryn Hahn (I Love Dick/Happyish/Transparent/Free Agents) - Kathryn stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS. She will also be on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jameela Jamil (The Good Place) - Jameela appears on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly/Samantha Who?) - Melissa drops by Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at 11pm. She also talks about Can You Ever Forgive Me? on the BUILD Series at 12pm.
  • Jane Curtin (3rd Rock from the Sun/Kate & Allie) - Jane visits Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Laurence Fishburne (black-ish) - Laurence chats on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Nathan Fillion (Two Guys and a Girl) - Nathan talks about The Rookie on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Katy Mixon (American Housewife/Mike & Molly) - Katy is a guest on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Sara Gilbert (The Conners/Roseanne/Bad Teacher/The Big Bang Theory and John Goodman (The Connners/Roseanne/The Trouble in Normal, Ohio) - Sara and John are guests on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • John Leguizamo (The Brothers Garcia) - John appears on ABC's GMA Day at 1pm.
  • Heather Dubrow (Stark Raving Mad) - Heather is a guest on People Now at 12pm.
  • Candace Cameron Bure (Fuller House/Full House) - Candace visits NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Fran Drescher (Happily Divorced/The Nanny/Living with Fran) - Fran talks about hosting Cancer Scchmancer's Master Class Health Summit on E!'s Daily Pop at 12pm.
  • Analeigh Tipton (Manhattan Love Story) - Analeigh talks about her movie Better Start Running on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (September/October)

The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Eleventh Season The Middle - The Complete Ninth Season Modern Family - The Complete Ninth Season Step by Step - The Complete Second Season Perfect Strangers - The Complete Fifth Season

09/04 - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - The Complete Season 12
09/04 - Mom - The Complete Fifth Season
09/04 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Fifth Season
09/04 - Superstore - Season Three
09/04 - Young Sheldon - The Complete First Season
09/11 - The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Eleventh Season (Blu-ray)
09/11 - The Middle - The Complete Ninth Season
09/11 - Modern Family - The Complete Ninth Season
09/11 - People of Earth - The Complete Second Season
09/18 - Community - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
09/18 - Step by Step - The Complete Second Season
09/18 - You're the Worst - The Complete Fourth Season
09/25 - Blondie - The Complete 1957 Television Series
09/25 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Fifth Season
10/02 - The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Fifth Season
10/02 - The Love Boat - Season Four - Volume One / Volume Two
10/02 - Saved by the Bell - The Complete Collection
10/16 - Police Squad! - TV and Movie Collection
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