The co-creators of a series on Comedy Central discuss plans for the future of the show now that it’s been renewed for a second season, including how “they hope the series can redefine Chicago for viewers,” reports Rick Porter for The Hollywood Reporter. The show referred to is the critically acclaimed “South Side.”
Porter asked the co-creators of the show, Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle, the following question:
What can viewers expect from the remainder of the season, and have you started talking much about season two yet?
Bashir Salahuddin: I think the most important thing about the remainder of this season and next season, we have so many great stories to tell. We’re so excited to get into them. Every TV show, you kind of learn how to write it by writing it. As we’ve sort of matured and gotten smarter and better at how to write our show, the writers have so many great ideas. … No. 1, we’re so proud of the response we’ve gotten so far. I think the fans have gotten something great, and we’re proud of that.
The characters you’ve loved so far, you’ll see again. We have so many speaking parts on the show. We’ve tried to turn the city of Chicago into like Springfield from The Simpsons, where you have all these great characters that populate the world. … We’re very rigorous with our casting directors about finding great people, and we found some great people and want to keep them in the world.
Diallo Riddle: One thing I really like about [Wednesday’s] episode is the opening scene takes place in one of the hair stores that populate black neighborhoods, and I’ll never forget when we were casting the role of the Korean American girl who runs the shop, we had a lot of actresses come in and do sort of the stereotypical thing with that kind of character. The actress we ended up casting, Tien Tran, who’s really hilarious, she came in and did herself. The same way we try to represent the South Side of Chicago in a real way, I love the fact that we can actually represent some of the non-black characters in a real way too. I think it goes to our ethos of trying to do the unexpected. … A lot of the actresses came in and were like, I’m not that but I can talk like that. And she was just like, “I’m Vietnamese.” It worked out perfectly.
On so many levels, this episode allows characters that don’t usually populate half-hour comedies to all speak full-throatedly in their authentic voice, across the board.
To read THR’s full interview, please click here.