As one of three The Righteous Gemstones siblings, Judy Gemstone might be the one who's most worth rooting for, given that she unlike her brothers fights an uphill battle for her father's acceptance. Edi Patterson, who portrays Judy, infuses the character with troublesome tendencies and an aching vulnerability, both of which are barely contained by a tough-yet-messy exterior. Of course, audiences already grew to love Patterson-Danny McBride teamwork during HBO's Vice Principals, and the duo worked so well together that she quickly agreed to Gemstones before knowing any details about McBride's initial vision for the series.
Patterson, however, doesn't simply play July but also does a fair share of the writing, including for that earworm, “Misbehavin.” That song, along with her work on the series, builds upon a solid foundation of improvisation work that she forged in her native Texas, as well as with the Groundlings sketch comedy troupe and in too many TV appearances to name here. In lockstep with the Gemstones season finale, Patterson was gracious enough to speak with us about Judy's shenanigans, what it's like to clog dance with Won Goggins, and her role in the Rian Johnson's upcoming Knives Out.
You co-wrote “Misbehavin.” So I kinda have to blame you for having it in my head all day long. And I'm not the only writer here who's been randomly singing it.
Wow, that's great! I've heard all sorts of iterations of “Misbehavin” getting stuck in your head. Many of them are people, like, adding in things that will happen in their normal life. People will write their own versions and just add things from their house, or they'll sing it to their kids when they're acting up. It seems like people are really making it their own, which is fun.
Yep, just walking through the house with a pickle in their mouth and all that.
That's the greatest. That's from Joey Stephens after Danny and I sent him a voice memo of me singing the chunk that we had written. Joey sent it back to us the next day, and that lyric was part of it. Wowie, wowie, it's a great lyric.
You are active on Twitter, so you must have seen the song picking up steam after Jennifer Nettles sang it with Won Goggins. What was going through your head, knowing that Judy would sing it pretty soon on the show?
You know, I didn't think so much about it after it came out because I knew that what I'd done already existed, but when we went to record it, Jennifer and Won had already recorded their version of it. And then Won and I went to record ours, and it's really interesting, and I really like where my brain landed with it because I like my voice, and I think I'm a good singer. But she's like an angel dropped onto the Earth, her voice. Obviously, she's a very well-known and respected country singer, but what she can do is mindblowing to me. Even just hearing their recording of it, I was like, “Okay, I'm about to go belt this out, and it's gonna be something, but it's not gonna be that.” But I liked the vibe, if you will, of knowing that Judy's version of this is a little more raw and unrefined and trying to be like her [mom], so it all worked in my head.
And obviously, Won has a long history of clogging experience.
He sure does, and so does Jennifer.
Did you have any experience in that realm? I mean, clogging next to him must be a craaaazy, intimidating experience.
Yeah, it is crazy! They're both so good at it, and I had zero experience with clogging. I'm a pretty good study with music and melodies and singing in general. I don't read music, but it sticks in my head, but with dancing, I am not a quick study. I have to do something over and over until it's not math in my brain anymore, and hopefully, it's a muscle memory because it's done 3000 times, but Won's been doing it as a kid, and it comes naturally to him, so that him even doing a few steps casually is just beautiful. When we first learned the dance from the professional clogging teachers, it was in Won's body so fast, like loose and beautiful, and he'd call me to see if I wanted to get together and run the dance. I had to put that off for a few days because I needed to be like an animal in the garage of the house I was staying in, just to do it until I finally was like, “Okay, I'm a human who knows what step comes next.” And then I could go practice with him.
You were just clogging for Jesus in a garage, basically.
Yes, just clogging for Jesus! With my phone propped up on the wall and messing up and screaming, “Fuck!” And starting over and making Cassidy [Freeman], who's Amber on the show and my roommate in Charleston, making her come down and do the dance with me and doing Won's part.
What Judy goes through elsewhere, it kinda breaks my heart a little, at times. Do you ever feel for her?
Good. I absolutely feel for her, I'm glad you do, too. I hope everyone does. I think she's doing her best, she really wants to prove herself, and sometimes, she's getting knocked flat, and that's crazy.
It doesn't feel like it's necessarily a sexist thing with her family because mom was in the limelight, no problem.
I mean, I think she's shown at this point in the series that she's....
Yes, a little unhinged. Her brothers are also unhinged in their own ways, but they, for all intents and purposes, know how to act in public.
That's very true, especially with that shopping cart scene. How much fun was that to shoot?
Here's one little weird sidenote. When we wrote that scene, it thought in my head that a shopping cart rammed into a car would make delicious dents, and it's gonna be, visually, so satisfying. Then you get an actual shopping cart and a Nissan Cube, and you realize really fast, “Oh right, some cars are made of hard plastic.” And you have to jam it exponentially harder than you thought to make anything happen, and mostly, it's gonna bounce off the side.
It seemed like Judy was a little frustrated by the car's lack of cooperation.
Yeah. It was hard to make a mark, I really had to go for it. But yeah, it was fun to shoot, that episode was with [director] David Gordon Green, and we went for it all day. He's so good at putting something together and making it, sort-of epic like that. That scene did feel epic at some point.
The sound, the fury, the perm flying everywhere. I kind-of think of that as a rock bottom moment for Judy?
And did she really want BJ back, or is he a fall-back after losing fame?
I think she really did want him back. I also think that Judy and BJ are meant to be together. Yeah, I think he weirdly understands her in a way that not many other people on the Earth can or do or have patience to even try to do.
With that story she told at the Outback Steakhouse, about her former professor-love interest and how she kidnapped his child, how much of that was real?
Hmm, part of me wants to make this like a Radiohead lyric, make of it what you will, but I think it's true and how it's played out for her, as deeply troubling as that might be.
Hey, it makes more sense now that she's held back by her dad after that scene.
Oh, how dare you!
Well, I liked that part in the season finale with Judy and Jesse and Kelvin all giving each other shit but pep-talking each other at the same time. Did you co-write that scene?
Yeah, I was in on the writing of that scene, and then we had a bit of improvising that night. That scene was the closest I've come during that whole season, and I think for all three of us, to laughing so hard that I didn't know if we would be able to finish it. We got so tickled, and I think a few factors were at play. We had all been doing other scenes on other units that day, so by the time we got to that scene, it was night, and we were gonna shoot super late, and so everyone was a bit of slap-happy or punchy. When it started morphing a tiny bit with a little improvising, it was like all bets were off. We were laughing so hard that our faces were wet. And then it was just impossible to even look at them and do your lines unless you just wanted to have tears streaming down your face from laughing. That night was full danger-zone. That scary, laughing-in-church feeling, like “I don't know if this is going to end, my stomach hurts, my brain is breaking.”
Do you usually get to write a lot of Judy's dialogue?
It all ends up being kind-of a soup of everything having a contribution in almost every script. I had a lot of input, and all eight or nine of us, me and a bunch of dudes, we would all have a say. So I had quite a bit of input in things Judy said.
A lot of what comes out of her mouth is so shocking, but she delivers it in a deadpan way, so it packs an extra punch.
I think a lot of that stuff is middle-child-to-brother stuff. She's just a lot like them. All three can be filter-less at times, and she's no less filter-less just because she's a girl.
If someone told you that you could only write or only act for the rest of your career, which one would you choose?
What a terrible choice!
Yes, I'm awful for asking that question!
If I had to pick, I would act because I deeply love performing because it's in the core of me because it's been with me since a very young age, but everything I just said about acting, I also love about writing. I would pick acting, but I do love to write something and then do it, and knowing I can perform it. That's really, really cool.
Most actors don't do that, so yeah, you get some real ownership and can put your fingers all over that material.
It's weird magic, writing something that maybe came out in some sort-of fever dream, and then all of a sudden, you're in the Outback Steakhouse with tons of people around, and your brain realizes, “Oh wow, this is real now. This exists in the universe, this thing that I barfed out of my brain one night,” you know?
Now it's canon, so you're stuck with it.
I'm happy to be stuck with it! I'm happy to be stuck with Dr. Warren Carmichael.
Dude, I think I think it's gonna be really cool and was a very cool experience.
What a phenomenal ensemble cast, too.
A lot of what we shot was in this old house that was in Wellesley [MA]. It's, as you know, a whodunnit, so there were many days when the green room for everyone was the basement of this house. It was furnished with couches and chairs, but yeah, it was pretty mind-blowing to be sitting around in chairs with Jamie Lee Curtis and Toni Collette and Daniel Craig and Don Johnson and just hearing stories. It was definitely one of those pinch-me, like “what is this?” situations.
Well, there's so much secrecy on that project, so I'll stop prying — for now! Good luck with the Gemstones finale reception.
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie Friday, Netflix — Finally, this true television event is upon us. Hopefully, this means that Jesse Pinkman Aaron Paul will finally achieve some peace and levity, but even if he does get there, he'll go through hell first while coming to grips with his past before working toward a future. The sequel movie's written and directed by Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, so you're in good hands.
Insatiable Friday, Netflix — The controversial show starring Debby Ryan and Alyssa Milano accused of “fat shaming” is back for a second season. Patty jumps into the beauty-queen pageant circuit while still looking for payback. Along the way, though, she becomes a murder suspect and commits grand theft auto.
SNL Saturday, NBC 11:30 p.m. — Season 45 continues with host David Harbour and musical guest Camila Cabello.
Here's the rest of this weekend's notable programming:
Charmed Friday, CW 8:00 p.m. — Season two is here, so you know there's gonna be demons, demons, and more demons for Mel, Maggie and Macy while they adopt the Elders' duties.
Dynasty Friday, CW 9:00 p.m. — Season three premieres with the homicidal aftereffects of what materialized during the the Carrington Foundation Fundraiser. Everyone had better get their stories straight.
Murder In The Bayou Friday, Showtime 9:00 p.m. — Investigative reporter Ethan Brown's 2016 best-selling novel and his 2014 Medium piece bring the unsolved murders of the Jeff Davis 8 to the big screen, this time for the series finale. Read our interview with Brown here.
Room 104 Friday, HBO 11:00 p.m. — The Duplass Brothers are back for more sketchy happenings in a nondescript hotel room for some “Drywall Guys.”
Real Time with Bill Maher Friday, HBO 10:00 p.m. — Howard Stern and Senator Amy Klobuchar are interview guests while Ben Domenech, John Heilemann, and Shawna Thomas fill out the panel.
The Walking Dead Sunday, AMC 9:00 p.m. — It's flashback city, so viewers will learn backstories for Alpha and Beta, and the Whisperers will also receive some herd-building limelight.
Succession Sunday, HBO 9:00 p.m. — The second season finale finds Logan weighing options to save the company's reputation, and those measures include a possible blood sacrifice.
The Affair Sunday, Showtime 9:00 p.m. — Noah's on the hot seat when allegations surface against him. Meanwhile, Helen guards Sierra and celebrates a birthday.
The Righteous Gemstones Sunday, HBO 10:00 p.m. — In the first season finale, Jesse and Judy struggle to maintain their rocky relationships while Kelvin takes a ride on the dark side, and Eli probably wonders what the hell's gotten into all of his kids.
On Becoming a God in Central Florida Sunday, Showtime 10:30 p.m. — Krystal must scrutinize her loyalties, and Harold says a bad word. Meanwhile, the Wham Bam Thank You FAM 37th Anniversary Jam looms in the background.
Ballers Sunday, HBO 10:30 p.m. — Yet another finale, this time for season 5 with Spencer being stubborn, Joe evolving, and Ricky and Reggie moving toward progress.
The Righteous Gemstones is a good show. This much is already clear, today, just a handful of episodes into its first season. The third installment in Danny McBride’s Terrible People Universe has almost everything you could want: a dysfunctional family of crooked televangelists, mass baptisms gone awry in Chinese wave pools, failed blackmail attempts in strip mall parking lots, John Goodman, etc. That much you probably expected from the trailers and the general history of Danny McBride’s shows. What you might not have expected, however, was that the show would also feature a song you will never, ever, get out of your head. It does, though. We’re going to talk about it.
Context first: The fifth episode of the first season took the show back in time. John Goodman’s character, Eli Gemstone, was still building his ministry with his wife, Aimee Leigh, played by Jennifer Nettles. Her brother, Baby Billy, played by Walton Goggins, was very jealous and upset because this all broke up their longtime lucrative sibling act. He poked and prodded and lied and manipulated and eventually convinced her to give it a go for one last tour, and as a preview for their fans, they went on the Gemstone’s weekly broadcast and performed their biggest hit. The song was titled “Misbehavin’” and it has been stuck in my head every waking moment since that happened. Maybe you’re having the same problem. I assume you are. I don’t see how you could avoid it after hearing the song even one time. Let’s deal with this together. Let’s at least try. It’s all we can do, really.
Presenting: The Four Stages of Having ‘Misbehavin’ Stuck In Your Head.
STAGE ONE - “Hey, this song is pretty catchy…”
This happens right away. It’s undeniable. It starts at the first line, to be honest. The song is bouncy and has a sticky quality to it that somehow transcends the fact that the visual part of the performance features Walton Goggins clogging. That’s not nothing. It’s the opposite of nothing. It’s… something. Walton Goggins is great and I saw a short clip of him dancing in the trailer and I assumed, like a rube, that the cloggin’ Goggins would be the highlight of that scene. Nope. It was one of the highlights. I feel like I’m not getting across just how good the song needed to be to achieve that for me. I’m saying the song is at least and good as, and possibly better than, Walton Goggins clogging on television. It’s high praise.
Also, this is the stage where you might find yourself thinking, “Hmm, I wonder where they found this song. Why haven’t I heard it before?” Great question. Better answer: The song was made specifically for the show. It was written by stars and writers Danny McBride and Edi Patterson with an assist from the show’s music producers, as explained in the oral history of the song that FastCompany put together. You’re not the only one who was surprised by this. It even happened to the crew, according to Patterson:
The response to it has been, honestly, so incredibly fun. The first day when Jennifer and Walton performed it, people were walking around on their phones trying to find the song on iTunes or whatever. Because they didn’t understand, they thought like, “Oh, this must be an old song that exists.” I kept having to tell numerous people that definitely, “Oh no, this is a brand-new song.” People seem to really like it, though. It’s sticky. It gets in your head really fast, and for whatever reason you remember it and you just know it.
Yes, it does get in your head really fast. That’s what we’re saying here. This first stage lasts for about eight or ten listens. Then you get to…
STAGE TWO - “Hmm, I appear to be humming it in public loud enough for people to hear me.”
We’ve all been there. A song gets lodged into your subconscious so firmly that you start singing or humming it out loud without even realizing it. Sometimes it’s really quite embarrassing. One time I was in an elevator with a few other people and realized, to my horror, that I had been humming “The Chicken Dance” for a solid five seconds. Five seconds is not a long time in the grand scheme of things. It’s less than a blip. But it is an absolute eternity to be humming “The Chicken Dance” in a crowded elevator. Hum it for five seconds right now. Start the clock. You’ll see.
“Misbehavin’” isn’t nearly as bad as that. It’s actually a fun song to have stuck in your head. The only problem you can run into is if someone hears you and says something like, “Hey, that song sounds familiar. I can’t place it. What is it?” Now you’ve got a dilemma. You can try to explain it all, sure. But please do take a minute to consider how unhinged you’ll sound trying to explain this to a stranger in a few short sentences. “Well, it’s actually an original song from a show called The Righteous Gemstones that is about a dysfunctional family of televangelists led by John Goodman — like, a character played by him, not actually him. It’s a song that his wife and brother-in-law sing to while clogging and it happens in a flashback and it’s called ‘Misbehavin’ and one of the characters is a real slick black sheep named Baby Billy who is played by Walton Goggins - you know, from The Shield and Justified - and…”
The second option is to just say “A song I saw on a TV show” and then mention the weather or some other elevator-appropriate conversation topic. Up to you. But choose wisely.
Three weeks following its freshman season launch, HBO has renewed critically praised comedy series The Righteous Gemstones for season 2.
“Danny [McBride], Jody [Hill] and David [Gordon Green] are among our favorite collaborators and we're thrilled that their take on a family comedy has been met with such enthusiasm,” says Amy Gravitt, EVP, HBO Programming. “We cannot wait to share the next steps in the Gemstone family's epic journey. Hallelujah!”
The Righteous Gemstones, starring Danny McBride, John Goodman, Edi Patterson and Adam Devine, launched its nine-episode season August 18. Created by McBride, it tells the story of a world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable work.
McBride executive produces, directs and writes the series. McBride collaborators Jody Hill and David Gordon Green also serve as executive producers and directors.
Well into the second generation of a grand televangelist tradition, the renowned Gemstone family is living proof that worship pays dividends in all sizes, including their megachurch. Danny McBride stars as Jesse Gemstone, the eldest of three grown Gemstone offspring, who looks to lead in his father's footsteps, but finds his past sins jeopardizing the family ministry. Walton Goggins, Cassidy Freeman, Tony Cavalero, Tim Baltz and Greg Alan Williams also star.
The Righteous Gemstones marks the third HBO series for the Rough House Pictures team of McBride, Hill and Green, following Eastbound & Down and Vice Principals. McBride wrote and directed the pilot, with Green and Hill splitting directing duties on the other eight episodes.
Season one also is executive produced by John Carcieri, Jeff Fradley and Brandon James; produced by David Brightbill; co-produced by Justin Bourret and Melissa DeMino; consulting produced by Grant DeKernion, Jared Hess, Kevin Barnett, Chris Pappas and Edi Patterson.
Adam Devine has reached the top of the sitcom mountain: HBO Sunday night, baby!
The comedian and co-creator/star of Comedy Central's cult classic Workaholics stars alongside John Goodman and Danny McBride — creator of previous HBO hit comedies Eastbound & Down and Vice Principals — in McBride's new HBO hit comedy The Righteous Gemstones, about a family of extremely wealthy religious hucksters.
The Aug. 18 premiere was HBO's biggest for a comedy since McBride's last series, Vice Principals, premiered in July 2016.
Devine — whose other credits include the first two Pitch Perfect films, When We First Met and February release Isn't It Romantic? — plays Kelvin Gemstone, the approval-hungry youngest of the three Gemstone children, with McBride's Jesse and Edi Patterson's Judy being the oldest and middle, respectively. Goodman — channeling a little bit of that ol' Coen brothers razzle-dazzle — plays the pater familias, Eli, who presides over the Gemstones' vast televangelism empire with a divine hand clenched into a tight fist.
Devine — who excels at playing a certain kind of obnoxious, self-absorbed man-child that you can't help but root for — was sought out for the role by McBride, who excels at playing a different kind of obnoxious, self-absorbed man-child that you can't help but root for. In Gemstones, though, it's McBride that plays more to type. Kelvin, says Devine, is "sensitive and very much put-upon. ... On Workaholics,Adam DeMamp was such a maniac and he was always on 10, so it was kind of nice to let Danny and Edi's characters be the more broad, crazy, funny charactersplay the straight man to an extent."
Ahead of Sunday's second episode, Devine spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about his first meeting with McBride, megachurch envy as a child growing up in Omaha, and his hopes for a post-man-child career.
The first thing I noticed is how expensive the show looks — that HBO money. There's a massive cast, huge sets, production designers staying busy. Does it feel from your side as big as it looks on TV?
I guess so. You can tell we weren't cutting any corners, and if they felt like we weren't getting the shot or weren't getting the scene, we weren't moving on. I was used to doing Workaholics, and although we pinched every penny and we went as big as we possibly could, we shot an episode in four days. And this, I think, we had a couple weeks per episode. So for a half-hour show it was pretty bizarre to have that much time, and very freeing because you knew the quality wasn't going to suffer because we had to hustle along. Overall I felt very fancy working for HBO.
Had you worked with Danny before this at all?
No, I actually only met Danny one other time, at the Neighborsafterparty in a hotel room where all the actors were kinda hanging out, and I was smoking a lot of weed, admittedly, with Seth Rogen. And I mean I smoke weed, but Seth is a world-class, Olympic-level weed smoker, so I was trying to keep up and I was just buried. So I'm one of the highest I've been in my life and all of a sudden Danny McBride comes in and he grabs me by my shoulders and is like impersonating Danny McBride, "Oh, I know this little man." First of all, I'm medium-sized so I should have been offended, but I'm such a fan of his, and I turned around and I go, "You're Danny McBride!" And he goes, "Yeah, man." And I go, "You're a bright shooting star." I was so high that's what I said to him. And he was like, "Uh, OK man ..." And immediately I grabbed my girlfriend at the time, I'm like, "We have to leave. I just called Danny McBride a bright shooting star." And I've asked him if he remembers that and he's like, "No. I think I was pretty high at the party too."
So how did you get pulled into this then?
So luckily,kinda knew what I do and was confident that I would be good in the role. And he asked me to meet with him and David Gordon Green and some of the other writers on the show. And I went to Charleston and met with them and just had a nice dinner, and I figured they would also give me the role at the end of the dinner 'cause it went so great — and then they didn't. I kinda think that Danny forgot to tell me that he wanted me to do the show. Laughs. And so my agents called me after dinner and asked, "How was it? Did you get the show?" And I'm like, "I don't know. It seemed like I did, but they didn't tell me?" And then the next day they made me an offer. I think Danny was just like, "Oh, I thought I made it clear." But I'm pretty thick. You really have to spell it out for me.
Charleston's great. Is that where you shoot?
Yeah, we shot the whole show in Charleston, and Danny and his whole crew they all live down there now. I'd never been there before and it's just beautiful. And everyone there is, like, very sweet and Southern hospitality is alive and well. Also the food there is just so incredible. Like you said, it's such a big cast, so it means that everybody has a lot of downtime. I know everyone put on weight and I think I put on the most. I was just aggressively eating fried chicken.
You were raised in Omaha, right? Were you religiously upbrought?
Yeah, I went to church every Sunday. I went to a Catholic elementary school. My whole family was Catholic, and so I definitely was raised religious, but I hadn't had much interaction with these big mega Christian churches. Some of my buddies went to one and I was always so jealous because, you know, every Sunday was a concert. They had laser light shows, there was a rock-climbing wall for the kids, and meanwhile I just have stale communion wafers and wooden benches that would hurt my sweet, innocent little knees.
That was something I thought about when I saw the previews for this show, that because megachurches are so over the top in real life they might be a tough subject for satire.
Yeah, but what's cool is it's not a true satire. It's like, it could be about any family that runs a big business, right? They are running this giant empire and it just so happens that their empire is church. And there are points where we are getting laughs from, but what Danny was really cautious about and told me from our very first meeting is that we're not making fun of anyone's beliefs. We're making fun of people that are greedy and take advantage of other people. And I think Christians will be able to watch this show and like it because no one likes people that are exploiting others or are taking advantage of people. So I think Danny did a really good job kind of walking that line.
What were some of the inspirations for Kelvin Gemstone?
I mean, I'm playing a man-child, which is something that I'm oh so good at. I knew that I could play that character, but what I tried to do for this character, weirdly enough, is really ground him and make him seem like a real guy. Because he's very sensitive and very much put-upon, and he's the youngest in the family so he kind of gets away with a lot and no one expects a lot out of him. On Workaholics,Adam DeMamp was such a maniac and he was always on 10, so it was kind of nice to let Danny and Edi's characters be the more broad, crazy, funny charactersplay the straight man to an extent, which was a different level for me.
How much of the dialogue in the show is improvised?
What's cool is we all — me and Danny and those guys — come from the same school of comedy. I feel like we just fit together really nicely. You know, you make sure you get what's on the page because they work really hard on crafting a story that they like and the dialogue that they think works well pushing the story forward. And then, if you have a weird idea they're not afraid to let you go down that road for a little bit. And the weirder the idea, the more they want you to go down that road. We had so much fun shooting this thing. Every day was pretty absurd.
John Goodman is, in my opinion, one of our greatest living comic actors, but he's talked about, in relation to his roles in the Coen brothers films, how people assume he's a great improviser but that the stuff from their movies is all on the page. Does he do a lot of improv on Gemstones?
No, he didn't really Improv a lot, but he's just perfect as our dad because I think we're all a little bit intimidated by just by how great of an actor he is. You see it when we did that first big table scene of us sitting aroundpost-church lunch. We shot it in a wide andwe were marching around the table getting everyone's coverage. And you just see John when it lands on him for his close-ups, he just popped it into another gear and you're just like, "Oh my gosh." It was incredible to see him just shift into this next gear. And I'm like, "Oh, I don't have the next gear yet." Like, when do I get that gear?
So you mentioned earlier that you're playing a man-child here, that you've played a lot of man-children and are known for that type of character. What is Adam DeVine's ideal against-type role?
If I'm lucky enough to keep working in this business, which so far so good laughs, I would like to be able to do much more dramatic stuff. I kind of want to be able to have a career like Robin Williams had, where he could be this gigantic comedic force and do like a Mrs. Doubtfire but then do a One Hour Photo. I would like to segue from doing these perpetual man-children to more adult roles and some more dramatic roles. Yeah. I think I'm ready. I'm waiting for the call!
I noticed that you just appeared on Hot Ones. I love Hot Ones, and I've never talked to anyone who's been on Hot Ones. So, how was that?
Laughs. Hollywood Reporter with the heavy, hard-hitting questions! It was hot man, I'll admit it! I was ignorant and I didn't really know what I was getting myself into. And I go there and I'm like, "So they're going to be pretty hot? Like Buffalo Wild Wings hot?" And they were like, "Mmm, probably hotter than that ..." And the first like four or five, I'm like, "Oh, this is cake! I can do this." And then that seventh one, I ate it — I think it was called "Da Bomb Beyond Insanity" or something — and immediately snot just flew out of my face and tears just streamed down my cheeks. Andwas asking me some question and I couldn't form a sentence. It was just like my body was revolting. And then, of course, after we're done — I finished all of them, very proud of myself — they'd given me Wet Ones. I wiped my fingers down and I go to the restroom. No one told me I should have, like, washed my hands for five minutes because my crotch burned for three hours afterward. It was the most painful car ride back home that I've ever — I went in the shower and just poured milk down the front of myself. So to answer your question: They're hot.
Here's another hard-hitter for you: Whenever I talk to someone I try to work in a basketball question and it goes nowhere, but you're a known Clippers fan. Big moves this summer. What are your thoughts going into the season?
I'm so excited. My girlfriend makes fun of me every time I drive downtownI look out my window longingly at Staples Center and she's like, "You're thinking about the season, aren't you?" And I'm like, "What?! No." And I obviously am. I mean, I almost cried when I heard Kawhiwas coming. I was laying on the couch with my girlfriend. We were watching Stranger Things. I didn't have my phone on me. Erik Griffin, who played Montez on Workaholics, called my girlfriend and said, "I think Adam needs to look at his phone." And Erik is a buddy of mine and he's in the comedy community and so I was thinking, like, "Did somebody in the comedy community die or something?" So I ran to my phone going "What happened?!" and then, complete right turn. I was all of a sudden the happiest I've ever been. I had 38 text messages and like 12 missed calls.
Is there anything you haven't mentioned about that show that my expert interview questions haven't teased out?
I think everyone who sees the cast and sees the poster is gonna think like, "Oh, this is going to be a funny comedy." And it is funny, but I think people are going to be surprised at how dark it gets — how, tonally, it's so much different than anything else on TV right now. And also how much, even though these characters are doing some pretty horrendous, horrible things, you still, at the end of that first episode, really wish this family the best. You want them to succeed and you don't want them to get hurt or in trouble. I think the guys did such an amazing job of making it feel unlike anything that they've done before. And unlike anything that's on TV right now.
The Righteous Gemstones airs Sundays at 10:00 p.m. PT on HBO.
The Righteous Gemstones HBO, 9:00 p.m. — Danny McBride created and stars in this new comedy about a televangelist family.
Succession HBO, 9:00 p.m. — Roman and Kendall do a “routine health check” of a new media brand to help Vaulter to determine the future of the company. Tom tasks Greg with sniffing out waste at ATN, as Greg wonders if the divisive media outlet is the right fit for him.
Preacher Sunday, AMC 10:00 p.m. — Tulip forges an unexpected alliance to plumb Masada’s dungeons and free whatever remains of Cassidy. Meanwhile, Jesse’s mission to Australia may be over before it’s even started.
Downton Abbey Live! Sunday, PBS 9:00 p.m. — A celebration of Downton Abbey with behind-the-scenes stories and a preview of the upcoming feature film.
Here’s the rest of this weekend’s notable programming.
Real Time With Bill Maher Friday, HBO 10:00 p.m. — Guests include Sheldon Whitehouse, Mike Render, Carl Hulse, Rick Wilson, and Betsy Woodruff
Fear The Walking Dead Sunday, AMC 9:00 p.m. — Morgan and Grace search an abandoned shopping mall for supplies and to fulfill a dying man’s wish. There, the mission quickly turns to a fight for survival.
The Rook Sunday, Starz 8:00 p.m. — Myfanwy and Farrier quickly discover how dangerous life is outside of the Checquy, while Grantchester runs out of options.
City on a Hill Sunday, Showtime 9:00 p.m. — Jackie celebrates another moment in the spotlight, though an unfamiliar pang of guilt leaves him reflecting on his legacy. Decourcy considers the best course of action to finally carry out justice for the murdered guards.
Instinct Sunday, CBS 9:00 p.m. — It’s all hands on deck to track down the Sleeping Beauty Killer when Ryan and Dylan’s biggest lead in the case takes them to a faceoff aboard a ship.
Sweetbitter Sunday, Starz 9:00/9:30 p.m. — Tess and Jake take their relationship to the next level, causing tension with Simone; Ari feels abandoned; and Will uses his power for a questionable purpose. Tess learns the truth about Jake and Simone’s past.