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When you think of the phrase Splitting Up Together, you kind of wonder to yourself “wait they are together but splitting up?”. I know I was a little taken aback by the title, however on my trip to LA a month ago I was able to interview some of the cast and creators from the show. We interviewed Oliver Hudson who plays (“Martin”), Lindsay Price (“Camille”), Executive Producers Dean Holland and Emily Kapnek (“Suburgatory,” “Selfie”).
Based on the Danish series, “Splitting Up Together” is the story of a couple (Jenna Fischer, “The Office,” and Oliver Hudson, “Scream Queens”) whose marriage is reignited by their divorce. Emily Kapnek (“Suburgatory”) writes and serves as executive producer of this new comedy, along with Ellen DeGeneres.
The series stars Jenna Fischer as Lena, Oliver Hudson as Martin, Bobby Lee as Arthur, Diane Farr as Maya, Lindsay Price as Camille, Olivia Keville as Mae, Van Crosby as Mason and Sander Thomas as Milo. Jeff Kleeman, and Mette Heeno. Mie Andreasen and Hella Joof are also executive producers of Splitting Up Together, which is based on the original series created by Heeno It is produced by A Very Good Production and Piece of Pie Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Dean Holland directed the pilot.
I previewed the first three episodes of the show and I fell in love with it right away. I think the show is very relateable to what some couples are going through. I also love that we get to see the children’s opinions and how they feel about everything that their parents are going through. Having experienced divorced parents myself, I think you all will enjoy the comedic aspect of the show and how it relates to everyday life.
Divorce is a term in our society that most often people cringe about. We associate it with strife and hatred towards one another. It rubs off to families and oftentimes most people you speak to say the same thing – they just stopped loving that person or that their partner no longer finds them attractive. In Splitting Up Together, we get to see how couples have to technically live together while trying to be separated, and how they try to survive and try to make things work.
One of the responses from executive producer Emily Kapnek during the interview was “I mean I think we felt like a lot people would seem to identify with the world and the characters whether they were going through a divorce or not. We just kind of drew from all of our own real-life experiences. We’re all kind of married with kids. Everyone here is at least. So, we’ve had lots of stories to share. And I think the main goal is just to tell a story about divorce that isn’t, you know, toxic and negative that has a little bit of hope and a little bit of optimism. And there’s some that wish for — for me personally, you know, having grown up with parents who are divorced, I think everyone always hopes, oh, my gosh is there any chance in the world that they can get it back on track? And I think a lot of kids feel that way. And to do a show where there is that sort of glimmer that’s being dangled and a lot of love between the main characters was just sort of a new way of telling a divorce story for us.”
Oliver Hudson who plays the dad Martin replied “What’s great and what I love too is that, you know, I guess you would say it’s a show about divorce, but at the end of the day there’s so much you can find in this show from every walk of life, especially if you have children. You don’t have to be divorced to relate to this thing, because it’s about co-parenting. As individuals coming from different backgrounds and families, we have different ideas on how we wanna raise our kids. My wife has an idea and I have an idea. Now there is a meet in the middle but what I found actually, which was amazing casting, is Jenna is very much like who she is on this show, and I am very much like who I am on this show, you know. And my wife is pretty much like Jenna, you know. So, she’s very organized. She’s very this. She’s very that. She wants plans. I hate plans. I despise plans because then I have to flake and I don’t wanna do that. I would rather not make a plan and, you know, do it in the last minute. But it’s great for that, you know, and it’s about these two people sort of discovering how they can not only live together but how they can, you know, be equal parents.”
SPLITTING UP TOGETHER premieres Tues 3/27 at 9:30|8:30c after the premiere of “Roseanne”)
Lindsay Price: https://www.instagram.com/lindsayjprice/
Emily Kapnek: https://twitter.com/EmilyKapnek
I hope you fall in love with “Splitting Up Together” as much as I did. You will not be disappointed the chemistry between Jenna Fischer and Oliver Hudson is amazing.