After their Golden Globe win and the announced renewal of season two, The Kominsky Method actors Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin and creator Chuck Lorre shared their insights into the show, especially aging. The Netflix comedy was created by Chuck Lorre, who also created The Big Bang Theory and its prequel Young Sheldon, as well as the cult favorite Disjointed.
Concerning the rise in representations of aging characters, Douglas explained that “It’s baby boomers. It’s been a deprived audience for a long time. There’s a big audience out there for it.” Douglas added that he agreed with the representation in comedies, making aging seem “funny rather than tragic.” Lorre concurred with Douglas’ explanation. “We can bemoan the fact that aging is happening or we can step back and look at it as comic,” Lorre stated bluntly. “We can laugh or cry [at aging]…I choose to laugh.” Arkin also joined in on the fun. “I’m an old man,” he joked, adding how he enjoys playing characters that don’t do much besides laying in a gurney.
The trio also weighed in on such streaming platforms as Netflix. Douglass called them “fantastic” due to the fact that “TV and films have come together more through the streaming mechanism.” In other words, he explained that “film actors get to work in TV and vice versa,” whereas before there wasn’t much crossover. Lorre also gave input from his perspective on this matter, explaining the difference between using a streaming network with a half-hour comedy versus his typical multi-cam setup. He pointed out differences in camera setups such as close-up shots that aren’t as prevalent on TV shows airing on commercial stations. However, his writing style doesn’t change and neither does his self-proclaimed goal of giving “homage to acting as a craft.”
Indeed, Douglas mused on how much more praise he has received from Lorre’s show than from his role in Marvel’s Ant-Man franchise. “I am getting more attention from this show [from younger audiences] than doing these Marvel movies,” said Douglas, adding that he is enjoying his claim to fame. “Even my kids like it — and they don’t like anything I do.”
Concerning the new season, Lorre didn’t reveal much except that there will be some major changes. “The first season was a walk through the darkness in Norman’s loss of his wife and his health issues,” Lorre explained. “While health issues will remain part of the series, things change markedly for Norman and Sandy…it’s unexpected. I wanted to write how the light can flicker in the dark for people…all for the better.”
The second season will also feature Jane Seymour, Jacqueline Bisset and Paul Reiser, as well as the old recurring stars. No release date has been confirmed for the next season.