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SIGNIFICANT OTHERS (article first published : 2006-01-5)

Significant Others is a comedy about couples in and out of marriage counseling. It’s described as a hysterically honest look at marriage and the rewards - and costs - that come with being in a committed relationship. More real than traditional comedies and more imaginative than reality shows, this six-episode series features a talented ensemble of improvisational actors and comedians who, quite literally, script themselves.

The series was created by comedy director Robert Roy Thomas who first saw the potential for an improvised comedy while shooting commercials. “The cameras would stop and the actors would be goofing around, saying things in character and it would be funny and everyone would leap on it,” said Thomas. “I would then say, why is that an accident? Why don’t we do that on purpose?” Thomas, himself happily married, then produced an improvised short about couples in therapy.

The film caught the attention of former CBS entertainment president and producer Peter Tortorici. “The film felt so real, so raw and so funny,” said Tortorici. “For me, great comedy starts from a really relatable, understandable place. I think in terms of what defines you as a human being, intimate relationships are probably the best and worst expressions of who you are, and that’s a great place to tell stories.” Tortorici teamed with Thomas to develop the short into the series.

Thomas, Casting Director Francene Selkirk-Ackerman, and Associate Producer Allison Kingsley saw roughly 500 actors and comedians to cast couples with the right combination of inventiveness, training and chemistry needed to pull off the on-the-spot performances required of the series.

Each episode of Significant Others starts with a storyline that takes its shape from the creative give-and-take between the actors, Thomas (who serves as both therapist and director) and Co-Producer Jordana Arkin and Tortorici.




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