Kaitlin Olson rules the roost in Fox's new comedy, "The Mick"
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By Ryan Berenz
From the very first scene in the first episode of FOX’s newest hit comedy The Mick (Tuesdays), you know that Mackenzie “Mickey” Murphy (Kaitlin Olson) isn’t messing around. Mickey storms through grocery store aisles with gleeful abandon, tearing into packages of snack cakes and lunch meats. She inhales cans of processed cheese and whipped cream. She helps herself to mouthwash and lip liner. Then she shaves her armpits, pours talcum powder down her pants, punctuates it with a LeBron James-style chalk toss and leaves without paying a cent.
It was a fun scene for Olson (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) to shoot and it perfectly introduced the world to Mickey, but Olson was a little uncertain about ransacking the store.
“I was a little concerned because I was like, ‘Guys, who would do this?’” Olson says. “To which [co-creator] Dave Chernin replied, ‘I have a friend who specifically went into a store and did every single one of these things.’ And I was like, ‘All right. If it’s been done, then I guess we can say it’s believable.’”
While Mickey seems unfazed by getting hit by cars and drunkenly falling off banisters, Olson relies on stunt doubles and camera effects to pull off those scenes.
“I have a reputation for being extremely breakable, and I have broken many bones shooting many seasons of Sunny,” Olson says. “I have a team of people who are not that excited about me doing my own stunts. It’s kind of turned into an annoying joke on set.”
A few episodes in, the battle between Mickey and her snooty teenage niece Sabrina (Sofia Black-D’Elia) and overindulged nephew Chip (Thomas Barbusca) continues to escalate, while Mickey’s bond with youngest nephew Ben (Jack Stanton) grows stronger. “I think she definitely loves and cares about Ben, because in her opinion, the other two are already ruined,” Olson says.
“She can still fix Ben. It’s just that her way of parenting and fixing him is totally ludicrous and inappropriate. Ultimately, you’ll realize that these kids are probably better off with Mickey because at least she’s paying attention.”
Olson also serves as co-executive producer on The Mick, which was created by Dave and John Chernin, who’ve both worked as writers and producers on It’s Always Sunny. The Mick is its own show, but there’s still a lot that fans of It’s Always Sunny will appreciate.
“I love It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. It’s the funniest show I’ve ever seen. I hope that we remind people of that,” Olson says. “I wanted to really do a very funny family show on a network that felt like it should belong on cable, and FOX has been really brave about letting me do the show that I want to do.”
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