SUBURGATORY: Emily Kapnek Teases Guest Stars Tim Meadows, Paula Newsome, and Steve Little. Plus, Which Character’s Mom is On The Way?
October 8, 2012 by Marisa Roffman
This season, viewers will meet Malik’s parents, Edmond (played by SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE vet Tim Meadows) and Tracy (Paula Newsome) in the seventh episode of the year.
“We meet them in the Thanksgiving episode,” SUBURGATORY creator Emily Kapnek told me today during a table read for the eighth episode of the season. (Where Meadows and Newsome will make their second appearance on the show.)
While what they’re doing in the episode I saw is top-secret, Malik’s father is described as a “strong patriarch of a close-knit family.” He also apparently favors Chatwsin for the schools, not the people, which means I’m really hoping he has an awesome scene with Rex Lee’s Mr. Wolfe.
But they’re not the only guest stars you can expect in the eighth episode of the year.
“We have Steve Little from EASTBOUND AND DOWN who is guesting as Dalia’s dance teacher,” Kapnek teased. “I think we have such a dream team here and our ensemble is so strong, that we take these opportunities when we have these fun roles that come up, and try and expand that even further. Who’s on our dream list, who’s our pie in the sky names, and obviously we’re just such huge fans of [Little's] and reached out to see if he’d be willing to come hang out with us, and this is his first day shooting. So I’m very excited…It’s always so exciting when we fold new comedic energy into this group of people and see it expand even further. I feel like it’s an embarrassment of riches on set.”
And since Little’s actually playing a hip-hop dance teacher, I couldn’t resist asking Kapnek if that meant we’d be seeing him in an outrageous costume.
“Yes, of course,” she laughed. “It’s pretty faux-hood.”
As for what else is coming up on the show, Kapnek teased viewers will soon get to meet another character’s mother.
“We have a role coming up that we don’t have a [guest star] name for yet: we get to meet Sheila’s mom in an upcoming episode,” Kapnek shared. “Where it all stems from! So that will be really juicy to cast. We need to start sitting down and planning that out. I’d love the opportunity to figure out who made Sheila the way she is and have her materialize.”
While a lot of the guest actors surrounding the Shays have SNL backgrounds, Kapnek said the show isn’t necessarily looking to those alumnae for Sheila’s mother.
“We certainly have done that, but maybe an unexpected choice [for this role],” Kapnek said. “We definitely have tons of SNL people on we adore, and such a great bench to draw from there, but sometimes someone you weren’t expecting to see is a great element of surprise. We have a great casting director, so we always try to find unexpected choices, too.”
Speaking of unexpected, just wait until you hear who Kapnek is dying to get on her show.
“I’ll just go put it out there that my dream cameo? Wesley Snipes,” Kapnek laughed. “We just keep talking about how funny it would be for him to materialize at some point when his circumstances change.”
SUBURGATORY’s second season premieres Wednesday, October 17th at 9:30 PM on ABC. You’ll be tuning in, right?
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