ATX Television Festival 2016: Superstore

ATX Television Festival 2016: Superstore

With its second season set to premier this fall, NBC’s Superstore is stoked to have had the success it has. A silly comedy about a department store who lives day to day providing lack luster customer service and coping with each other’s antics, this show won the hearts of America’s audience. We caught up with the cast and creator of Superstore, to get there thoughts on the show’s success, their experiences whilst filming, and what we can expect in the upcoming season.  With actors America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, Lauren Ash, Colton Dunn, Nico Santos, Mark McKinney and show creator Justin Spitzer on hand, there’s too much to cover to provide you with a transcript, but I’ll be sure to cover the gist of it for you. 

We first sat down with Mark Mckinney who plays Glenn, the store manager, and Lauren Ash, who plays Dina, Glenn’s assistant store manager. The two together in person have just as much chemistry as they do on the show, and the hilarious lines flowed effortlessly throughout the interview. Both of their respective roles are some of the more ridiculous parts in the show, so we asked them how they came to play those parts. Mckinney talked about his background on stage, and how he came from a comedic theater element of show business, so when he read for the part he simply added a voice he found was funny, and it simply clicked. As for Lauren, the real key to her success with this role is playing someone completely different from herself, she says. Someone as bold and upfront as Dina is in the show would not be the Lauren Ash you meet in person.

Then came the rest of the supporting cast, Nico Santos, who plays Mateo, Colton Dunn, who plays Garrett, and Nichole Bloom, who plays Cheyenne. All three of these comic geniuses have unfortunately found relatively little success on the big screen, so they each expressed gratitude for having had the opportunity to be on a hit show like this. One important aspect of the show to each and everyone of them was the element of diversity. With each of them having minority backgrounds, the all spoke about how much of a joy it was to work with a diverse cast. Dunn touched on how growing up he didn’t see many people who “Looked like him” on television, and that he feels we are headed in the right direction for equality. Nico Santos spoke about how he’s got two minorities to overcome, referencing his ethnicity and sexuality. Through all the seriousness, these guys did give us a hint about season two: At some point Niko’s character Mateo, known for being uptight and overachieving, will have to deal with a very large pack of dogs!

Finally, we were afforded the opportunity to speak with the stars of the show, America Ferrera and Ben Feldman, along with show creator Justin Spitzer. When asked about season two, Spitzer mentioned that while he doesn’t know what is planned for the cast that far ahead, there will be an olympic episode that takes place during the olympics, and is set sometime during season one. Feldman talked about how lucky Superstore is to have had such an amazing cast, with supporting actors so talented and a lead (Ferrera) with star power to bring viewers in. Ferrera, being the humble person she is, deflected such praise, and instead attributing the show’s success to the hard work of the cast and the show’s writers.

It is safe to say that as far as sitcoms go, Superstore is here to stay. With a talented cast and crew, excellent writing, and a network like NBC, this show will be on for a long time to come. Be sure to keep an eye out for the olympic episode, and season two coming this fall!

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