From Michael Schur (“The Good Place,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Parks and Recreation” and “Master of None”) and Josh Malmuth (“New Girl,” “Superstore”) comes a hilarious new comedy about the best neighborhood bar in San Diego –– home to low prices, good company and, of course, Abby (Natalie Morales, “BoJack Horseman,” “Girls,” “Parks and Recreation”).
This unlicensed, makeshift establishment in Abby’s backyard is the perfect gathering place for locals to find camaraderie and sanctuary. To maintain the perfect bar ecosystem, all patrons must abide by a specific set of rules. This includes no cell phones (not even to look something up), understanding that earning a seat at the bar takes time to rise through the hierarchy and knowing that losing a challenge may have some unpleasant and unpalatable drink-related repercussions.
As bar owner, Abby has found her true calling, hosting friends and newcomers alike. No nonsense, Abby is ex-military, having served two tours as a Staff Sergeant in the Marines. Her world is shaken when new landlord Bill (Nelson Franklin, “Black-ish,” “Veep,” “New Girl”), who recently inherited the house from his deceased aunt, unexpectedly shows up citing all kinds of reasons why the whole venture is illegal. Newly divorced, he is a cautious worrier and definite non-risk-taker who eventually warms to the place and agrees to let the bar remain open, provided Abby makes some changes.
The cast of regulars also includes Fred (Neil Flynn, “The Middle,” “Scrubs”), a fixture at the bar who is grateful for a place to enjoy a beer and conversation – and refuses to allow some bureaucratic busybody to disrupt his perfect refuge; Beth (Jessica Chaffin, “Big Mouth,” “Search Party,” “Pitch Perfect 3”), a harried mom living next door who can escape the madness of her home life while still keeping an eye on things from her perch atop a bar stool; Rosie (Kimia Behpoornia, “Unicorn Store,” “Pop Rox”), the bar manager who prides herself on having memorized all 162 rules and regulations; and James (Leonard Ouzts, “Set It Up,” “Master of None”), the gentle scaredy-cat of a bouncer who crumbles in the face of confrontation.
As any regular patron of Abby’s will attest to, hanging out there is a coveted honor. And once you’re in, you’re family.
In addition to executive producing, Malmuth also serves as showrunner. Schur and David Miner (“The Good Place,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “30 Rock”) also executive produce. Pamela Fryman directed the pilot. “Abby’s” is shot completely outdoors in front of a live studio audience, the first time a multi-camera comedy has done so.
“Abby’s” is produced by Universal Television, Fremulon, Waila Inc. and 3 Arts Entertainment.