The stars of CBS's new comedy 2 Broke Girls, Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs, showed up at TCA today to talk about their Brooklyn-set sitcom about two waitresses from extremely different backgrounds (Dennings's character, Max, has always struggled, where Behrs's Caroline is a former heiress who has just lost all her money). Series creators Michael Patrick King (of Sex and the City) and Whitney Cummings (who was just at TCA on Monday for her new NBC show, Whitney) also chatted about the genesis of the series and the edginess of the humor. Here are highlights:
- Dennings, best known for movies like Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist and this Summer's Thor, was asked why she was making the transition to TV. She mentioned that although things were "actually picking up," she was frustrated about doing smaller films that no one ever saw. She wanted "to do something where people will definitely see it . . . because I'm a hard worker." While Dennings said she hadn't thought about TV, the fact that Cummings and King were behind the show made it seem "like a gift" and that she felt "just really lucky this came along."
- King's goal for the series is for it to be "as contemporary and as edgy as two broke girls would be today if they were living in Williamsburg," while also striving for authenticity. That's why he wanted Dennings, calling her "a legitimate outsider girl" who makes the comedy real. In her costar Behrs, King said they "discovered this beautiful character," but Dennings is their "amazing, authentic outsider."
Keep reading to find out more about 2 Broke Girls, including how it's in sharp contrast to King's prior project Sex and the City.