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HBO’s first new series of 2022 is Somebody Somewhere, starring and executive produced by comedian and singer Bridget Everett, which will premiere on Sunday, January 16 (10:30-11:00p.m. ET/PT) on HBO. It’s co-created and executive produced by Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen, directed by Jay Duplass, and executive produced by Jay and Mark Duplass, Mel Eslyn, Carolyn Strauss, and Tyler Romary. The series also stars Jeff Hiller, Mike Hagerty, Mary Catherine Garrison, Murray Hill, Jon Hudson Odom and Danny McCarthy.
“Somebody Somewhere follows Sam, a true Kansan on the surface who, beneath it all, struggles to fit the hometown mold. As Sam grapples with loss and acceptance, singing is her saving grace and leads her on a journey to discover herself and a community of outsiders who don’t fit in but don’t give up, showing that finding your people, and finding your voice, is possible. Anywhere. Somewhere.”
“Joining the cast are Jeff Hiller as Joel, who finds his vision-board dreams of faith, family, and high-end kitchen appliances dashed in a spiral of joy, shame, music, and stress rashes after befriending his high school idol, Sam. Mary Catherine Garrison plays Sam’s picture-perfect sister Tricia, but old resentments resurface as Tricia grows exhausted of living up to their hometown’s standards. Mike Hagerty plays Sam’s father and stoic Kansas farmer Ed, who learns that burying his family’s problems only makes them grow, and Tricia’s husband Rick, played by Danny McCarthy, holds a secret that sends Sam’s imagination spinning. Among Sam’s newfound community are Fred Rococo, a university soil scientist/master of ceremonies, played by Murray Hill, and Joel’s boyfriend Michael, played by Jon Hudson Odom.”
We recently got to speak with the cast of Somebody Somewhere, including Jeff Hiller, Mike Hagerty, Mary Catherine Garrison, Murray Hill and Jon Hudson Odom. We discuss the characters in the series and what it was like bringing them to the screen. Jeff Hiller remembers originally reading the script and character description of Joel: “When I read it [script] I was like, oh I know this person, I could play this person. This is a good person. This is a person I haven’t seen on TV. I like that he’s big, I like that he’s gay, but also religious, but also lives in a small town which is something I haven’t seen before.” We also discuss the complexity behind each character and what it was like filming the series which took place outside of Chicago.
Check out the full interviews below.
Somebody Somewhere debuts on Sunday, January 16 (10:30-11:00p.m. ET/PT) on HBO, and will be available to stream on HBO Max.
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