Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Joel McHale on 'The Great Indoors,' 'Community' and Career Perspective

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Joel McHale on 'The Great Indoors,' 'Community' and Career Perspective

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Joel McHale on 'The Great Indoors,' career perspective


TORONTO - Joel McHale isn't big on "bae," a fan of "fam," or onboard with "on fleek."

As the lead in the new sitcom "The Great Indoors," premiering Thursday on Global and CBS, the Emmy-nominated comedy star plays the supervisor of a team of millennial magazine journalists. As such, he says he doesn't have to be up on the latest slang of that generation.

"I'm the guy who's not supposed to know any of it and not understand any of it," says the 44-year-old.

"So that dynamic of my character being shoved into this world that he is unfamiliar with, and then you have Stephen Fry who is of another generation, I think that all together will make for hopefully a huge plate of carbonara pasta where you combine all these ingredients and hopefully it will work."

The 59-year-old Fry plays the founder of the adventure-geared Outdoor Limits magazine. McHale's character moves from the position of field reporter to supervisor when the publication becomes web-only.

Co-stars include Judd Apatow-favourite Christopher Mintz-Plasse, who plays the resident "tech nerd," Christine Ko as the social media expert and Shaun Brown as a "hipster-lumberjack."

"The Great Indoors" comes after McHale soared to fame on the satirical weekly pop-culture series "The Soup" and the sitcom "Community," which both ended last year.

Rumours have swirled of a possible "Community" movie, and McHale says he's onboard -- if the money comes together.

"We just need like $200 million -- and if you have that, we need it," he says. "I think at one point Yahoo wanted to. I know there were rumblings about it. But then that all went away very quickly. The Yahoo streaming service disappeared. So who knows."

McHale says he was attracted to "The Great Indoors" because he'd been longing to do a four-camera sitcom and a workplace comedy. …

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