Plus: Kaitlin Olson is down to direct
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The Mick‘s executive producers have something in common with the series’ titular character: They are admittedly flying by the seat of their pants.
In May’s season 1 finale, Mickey (Kaitlin Olson) and her niece Sabrina (Sofia Black-D’Elia) and nephews Chip (Thomas Barbusca) and Ben (Jack Stanton) watch their gorgeous mansion burn to the ground. But where they’ll go next is anybody’s guess.
“I think we’re excited just to switch things up a bit, but we also don’t want to leave Greenwich [Connecticut] and we don’t want to change the entire DNA of the show, but we also want to keep you guys guessing a little bit,” said John Chernin, who co-created the series with his brother Dave, during Friday’s panel about the show at the ATX TV Festival in Austin, Texas.
Then he asked the audience, “Is that okay, or do you want to know a little more? One, I don’t want to give it away. Two, we just started writing, and I have no idea.”
Chernin revealed the brothers always considered watching the home go down in flames but never thought it would happen in the Fox comedy’s hit first season. “I think it was always in the back of our minds for a later season, and then we were struggling to come up with an ending for the finale,” he explained. “Nick Frenkel, who’s our manager and one of the producers of the show, just came in one day, and he’s like, ‘Just torch it and figure it out later.’ We were like, ‘Yeah, that’s a good idea!’ And now, here we are, and we have no idea what’s next.”
Scott MacArthur, who pulls double duty as both a writer on the series and an actor playing Mickey’s loser boyfriend Jimmy, chimed in with a funny anecdote from a recent Grateful Dead show he attended at the Hollywood Bowl. “I texted the [Chernin brothers] and I said, ‘Wow, there are a lot of fans of The Mick here.’ And John immediately responded, ‘Great, ask them how the f—ing season starts.'”
In addition to taking plot suggestions from fans, the Chernins are also open to giving series star Olson — who previously worked with them on FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia — an episode to direct. “I’m enough of a control freak to take that on also,” said Olson, laughing. “Yeah, I thought about it last year too. I do not like doing things unless I know I’m going to be very good at it, because I’m really hard on myself.”
Fox renewed the freshman comedy for season 2 in February.