One bar. One night. Ten single people. Or if “Lost” happened in a bar, as “Mixology” producers jokingly described their new ABC sitcom that takes place over the course of one evening.
Front and center in the ensemble is former “Glee” star Vanessa Lengies (or maybe you remember her from her breakout role as the saucy BFF in “American Dreams”). This time around, she’ll play cocktail waitress Kacey in the first scripted show from Ryan Seacrest.
While Ryan won’t appear in the show — he’s too busy dealing with Kim Kardashian, he joked to reporters — Seacrest did make a cameo in Lengies’ Instagram Takeover for Yahoo TV at the TV Critics Association press tour. From a Chipotle pit stop and time in hair and makeup to goofing around with her castmates and talking business with the boss man, Lengies snapped pics throughout her busy press day. Here are some of the highlights:
Tons of new event photos up in the Vanessa Lengies Fan Gallery from the Mixology TCA event. Thanks to Holly For the HQ Ones.
Big gallery update to the Vanessa Lengies Fan Gallery – over 400 screencaps from season 3 of American Dreams.
ABC has firmed up its midseason scheduling plans. With Super Fun Night only getting a Back 4 order, the network will try out another new comedy series, Mixology, in the Wednesday 9:30 PM slot behind Modern Family. The high-concept series, which takes place at a bar over the course of one night and features a 10-member core cast, will premiere on February 26. ABC previously used flagship Modern Family to launch another single-camera young ensemble comedy, Happy Endings, which recently ended its run. Meanwhile, Suburgatory will return to its original Tuesday 8:30 PM slot where it was so successful in its first season, launching Season 3 on January 15 to succeed departing Back In The Game.
I’ve added to the Vanessa Lengies Fan Gallery with the 2 stills out so far from Mixology.
The original Season 3 finale saw Meg riding off into the sunset with Chris (Milo Ventimiglia), much to her parents’ disapproval. But the unfinished epilogue aimed to give closure to the Pryors by checking up on them three years later.
In the epilogue, we see a long-haired Meg on a bus headed to Woodstock, having not spoken to her parents or returned home since leaving with Chris. After a couple of fellow hippie travelers inquire about the purpose of her trip, Meg reveals that she’s planning to attend Woodstock with her friend, Sam (Arlen Escarpeta), who has just graduated from Berkeley. We also discover that she’ll be staying in New York with her best friend Roxanne (Vanessa Lengies), who is now married to Luke (Jamie Elman) and has a baby. Younger sister Patty (Sarah Ramos) is attending college at Harvard’s sister school, Radcliffe.
Chris Roth has posted some of the most AWESOME photos from the American Dreams panel this weekend – check them out HERE
Fox’s Glee will be a little less sweet next season now that Vanessa Lengies, who plays Sugar, has landed a regular role on the midseason ABC sitcom Mixology. “Getting to play Sugar Motta was one of the biggest opportunities of my life, and I met some of the most fantastic people, but I was being hired per episode,” Lengies says about why she made the switch. “I loved getting to be there and dancing around, but I didn’t really have much of an opportunity to act.”
On Mixology, Lengies will play a bubbly waitress named Kacey. “For an actress who really hasn’t gotten to act for two years, it was like letting a wild dog out of its cage,” says the elated star, who received congratulations from Glee pals Jenna Ushkowitz, Kevin McHale and Heather Morris.
And since Mixology doesn’t debut until 2014, Lengies hopes she’ll be able to give Sugar a proper send-off next fall. Her exit pitch: “I would love to have them introduce a time machine and reveal that Sugar was a visitor from the future.”
I’ve added the first photo to the gallery from Vanessa’s new show, Mixology.