I attended the #WrinkleInTimeEvent on behalf of Disney and ABC in Los Angeles 2/24-2/27. This post is part of the required content series, all opinions and experiences are my own.
The premiere of the new ABC comedy Splitting Up Together airs tonight at 9:30PM EST. Splitting Up Together takes a funny approach to divorce and co-parenting.
True story: My parents were divorced when I was the tender age of 2. I don’t remember my parents as a couple, in fact, my mom remarried when I was 5 and was happily married to my step-dad for almost 30 years. While I lived with my mom and step-dad growing up, I had a very involved dad who I saw regularly. A few years ago, my step dad passed away unexpectedly. While it was heart breaking, it led to my mom and dad rekindling their love and reuniting after 30 years being divorced. I realized the end of my story is one you see in moves and fairytales, however, growing up with divorced parents is very common but rarely talked about. Growing up, there were no TV shows I could watch and relate to as a product of divorce. I would have loved to turn on the television and see a show like Splitting Up Together, which takes a funny approach to a serious matter. This is exactly why I believe the new ABC comedy is a much needed addition to primetime television!
Based on the Danish series, “Splitting Up Together” is the story of a couple (Jenna Fischer, “The Office,” and Oliver Hudson, “Scream Queens”) whose marriage is reignited by their divorce. Emily Kapnek (“Suburgatory”) writes and serves as executive producer of this new comedy, along with Ellen DeGeneres.
The series stars Jenna Fischer as Lena, Oliver Hudson as Martin, Bobby Lee as Arthur, Diane Farr as Maya, Lindsay Price as Camille, Olivia Keville as Mae, Van Crosby as Mason and Sander Thomas as Milo.
Jeff Kleeman, Mette Heeno, Mie Andreasen and Hella Joof are also executive producers of SPLITTING UP TOGETHER, which is based on the original series created by Heeno. It is produced by A Very Good Production and Piece of Pie Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Dean Holland directed the pilot.
While in LA for the #WrinkleInTimeEvent, I had the opportunity to screen the new ABC comedy Splitting Up Together and chat with stars Oliver Hudson and Lindsay Price, along with Executive Producer Dean Holland and Creator Emily Kapnek. Check out some highlights of the interview.
On Portraying Real Life Divorce
Emily: I think we felt like a lot of people seem to identify with the world and the characters whether they were going through a divorce or not. We just kind of drew from all of our own real-life experiences. We’re all kind of married with kids. Everyone here is. So, we’ve had lots of stories to share. I think the main goal is just to tell a story about divorce that isn’t toxic and negative, that has a little bit of hope and a little bit of optimism.
Dean: Historically it’s always been kind of negative that divorce is such a bad thing. And while we were shooting it, numerous people came up to us and told us we’re doing this. My friends are doing this. So many people [are divorced] and both still raise kids together and somehow manage to make it work.
Emily: Yeah, I know a lotta couples that have good relationships, even if they didn’t reconcile just good relationships with their exes and they’re co-parenting happily, and I just don’t think you see a lot of that represented.
Oliver: You don’t have to be divorced to relate to this because it’s about co-parenting. As individuals coming from different backgrounds and families, we have different ideas on how we wanna raise our kids.
Lindsay Price On Joining The Show & Her Character
Lindsay: I mean this script in and of itself captivated me, and I loved the characters because they’re real. They’re real people.
I do think it’s interesting she probably immediately seemed selfish that she doesn’t want them to get divorced. But I think what ends up happening is when people close to you go through it, you start checking your own life and looking under the bed and seeing what’s under there. I think it’s challenging, you know. But typically I think she knows that they love each other and that they should be together. Sometimes people can see it better than you can.
Check out the premiere of Splitting Up Together TONIGHT, March 27, 2018, at 9:30/8:30C on ABC. Catch up anytime online or on the ABC app. Also, you can join me on Twitter as I live tweet tonight using the hashtag #SplittingUpTogether & #ABCTVEvent