Zach Braff is back! I mean… he never really went anywhere, but you know what I mean.I used to love catching up with him weekly on Scrubs and I was truly looking for something like that to return to the small screen so I can get a more regular fix of the comedian and actor. Especially in today’s climate, we could all use a little laugh. Luckily, he knew just what the doctor ordered (Scrubs joke – I couldn’t help it) and joined a brand new ABC comedy that will work for everyone in your family! Introducing Alex, Inc.
About Alex, Inc.
With the help of wife Rooni and their children, Alex Schuman quits his prominent job to start his own podcast company telling real stories that matter. He hires his cousin Eddie and former producer, Deirdre, to help achieve his dream.
The series stars Zach Braff as Alex Schuman, Michael Imperioli as Eddie, Tiya Sircar as Rooni Schuman, Hillary Anne Matthews as Deirdre, Elisha Henig as Ben Schuman and Audyssie James as Soraya Schuman.
While in LA a few weeks back, I had the chance to sit down with Zach, writer and producer Matt Tarses, and actress Tiya Sircar.
If you are looking for television that your entire family can enjoy, look no further. The team behind Alex, Inc. recognized that there was a need for this type of television. Zach talked a bit about that need:
One thing that kept coming up, and I know you all can relate, is that even though there’s so much great TV out now, but I kept hearing there’s not a ton that we all want to watch together. We all love these shows that you can’t watch with your kids and your kids all have their shows that they love to watch. But there’s not a ton of content that we all want to watch together. It feels like to me like that’s an area where there’s room for more content. Obviously ABC’s great at it with Blackish and Modern Family and stuff like that. So, it felt like a great space to do it in.
Here is the trailer in case you haven’t seen it yet!
They had me come in and meet the writers. We had a two-hour conversation about my upbringing in Texas and my parents’ upbringing in Calcutta. We talked for a long time and then slowly this character evolved from who she was on paper to so closely related to who I am in real life.
They wanted to get to know me and they wanted me to get to know the writers. And as we were talking, they were asking a lot of questions about my parents. So, I was talking about my parent’s stories that I’ve grown up listening. I happened to mention that my parents were coming to town the next day to visit.
These guys were like, “would they maybe wanna like sit down with us?” And I was like absolutely. Are you kidding?!
So, I brought them in. They had a whole sit down, talk. My dad — my parents are professors. There was a dry erase board. My dad gets up and starts like and makes a diagram!!
That was noticeable! Even in the small time I spent with this family, I recognized that it was authentic and it truly sparked my interest. I want to eat the food, take part in a Holi and visit the country now. All after two episodes!! What is going to happen after a season?!
Be sure to watch Alex Inc. on ABC every Wednesday at 8:30 EST. Be sure to rewatch past episodes by streaming them on ABC’s app.
ABC provided set photos
Louise Bishop provided interview photos
ABC invited me to interview the cast and crew. All travel and accommodations were paid for while out in LA. Opinions are my own.