October 23rd, 2012 by thetvchick
is one of my favorite comedies on TV. I adore all of the crazy Chatswin residents. If you aren’t watching yet (seriously, get to it!), here is the basic premise of the show: Single father George Altman is doing his best to raise his sixteen-year-old daughter Tessa in the big city. When he discovers a box of condoms in her bedroom, though, he decides the time has come to move her to a more wholesome and nurturing environment: the suburbs. The Halloween episode of Suburgatory “The Witches of East Chatswin” is fantastic. Rachel Dratch guest stars as Paula (a “witch”) who isn’t exactly what she seems. But that doesn’t stop Tessa and Lisa for thinking she is out to get them.
The Halloween episode is not just about a perceived witch, though. Dallas asks George to be the Ken to her Barbie for the big Halloween party. He turns her down, but just because he doesn’t want to dress up as Ken. I don’t want to spoil too much, but there are some amazing halloween costumes and some very sweet moments as well. And beneath the glitz and the pink dresses that make up Dallas, she really has a ton of heart. I recently had the chance to chat with Cheryl Hines on a media call, where she previewed the new season and teased the budding relationship between George and Dallas.
On season 2: I think the season is even more dynamic than last season because the characters have all been established and we’re all familiar with Chatswin in the community there. So it’s really fun when a new idea is introduced on the show because you already know just from who the characters are how much chaos that situation is going to cause. And then somebody asked me the other day too what if you haven’t been watching Suburgatory and you just tuned in for the first time? You will not be behind. You will figure it out very quickly. And this season you really get to see what happens when water and oil mix and is shaken up. So there is a lot of fun this season and some romance and of course some sex. Always some sex. So that’s what’s happening thus far
On Dallas and George: Well I think George is unlike anyone she’s ever met before. And he brings something real to her life. And she for so long has been concentrating on everything else — money, and looks, and what kind of house you have, and what – how big your cabana is so to speak. And George isn’t concerned about any of that and it’s refreshing to Dallas. And she is, you know, it’s like looking at good art for the first time in person. It strikes you. I think Dallas wants a long term relationship with George. I mean it’s hard to know because she’s so smitten with him. And she’s not really sure how to get him because he’s not like the one that she usually picks. She is very good at getting men. So I think she’s just trying to get that first date before she can figure out if it’s a long term thing. I think even Dallas knows that they’re really opposites. These two are really opposite. So I don’t know. I don’t know. I think she’d just like to get some to start with.
On the Halloween episode: Well Dallas wasn’t sure what to go as for Halloween. And then she said she came home to a dream house with her dream life and realized she’s Barbie. So it’s funny because even when I was trying on clothes for Barbie in wardrobe they weren’t that different from Dallas’s regular wardrobe. If anything what’s funny about that is when I do dress up as Barbie I’m probably more covered than any other outfit I’ve ever worn on the show. But it’s significant actually because she asks George to be her Ken…and George is absolutely not interested in dressing as Ken for Halloween. But so yes so Dallas takes that as a rejection, a big rejection not just doesn’t want to dress like Ken but doesn’t want to be in her life. And so channels get crossed.
On possible future Tessa/Dallas moments: It gets very interesting because George and Dallas get together. And when they start getting together, you know, the two families start merging. And there’s a bit of a competition with the girls. So it’s hard because Dallas wants to be a good mother to Dalia and also wants to take care of Tessa. But it doesn’t – it’s not – it doesn’t go that smoothly I’ll be honest.
On basing Dallas off of anyone: Well my mom grew up in Jacksonville, Florida and she’s very southern. And she pretty much talks like Dallas. So she definitely inspires me. She likes to have fun and she likes to wear things that are sparkly and glittery and animal print. And my mom cannot imagine why anybody would wear a black dress for any reason. So it’s – so, you know, I have been around that all my life and my mom saying things like, you know, if you got it flaunt it. And so she’s just always had this attitude of, you know, shake what your mama gave you. It’s like why are – I’m going on a date and I don’t want to shake it. But that’s, you know, my mom. And she’s entertaining. And she’s fun to be around so I do I like to think of her when I’m playing Dallas.
On showing off her singing skills on the show: Oh my gosh. I really hope not. Just to call them singing skills as really a stretch. I honestly don’t know how they got me to sing on that show now that I think about it. No but I will be doing some dancing. There’s an episode when George and well Tessa and Dalia have a hip-hop dance off and then George – which leads to a Dallas and George dance off. So I’ll be doing enough ridiculous things that hopefully I won’t never have to sing on the show.
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