Comedian Whitney Cummings has a lot going on this Fall — not only is she a writer and creator of CBS's new series 2 Broke Girls, but she also stars in NBC sitcom Whitney. To wit, NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt introduced her as "TV's It girl," and the funny lady talked about how she's dividing up her schedule. She joked her way through the Whitney TCA panel as she, her fellow cast members, and showrunners talked about the new comedy, which focuses on the happily unmarried couple of Cummings's character and her boyfriend, Alex, played by Chris D'Elia.
- As to what part of the character Whitney is like the real Whitney, executive producer Betsy Thomas praised Cummings's experience as a stand-up comedian; her "very funny observations on the things that we take for granted" are worked in to the character. Additionally, Thomas called Cummings "a ball of energy" and said that sometimes she can take things to the extreme, like the way the character of Whitney dresses up in a nurse costume when she thinks she and her boyfriend aren't having enough sex.
- For the role of Whitney's boyfriend, Alex, Cummings said she wrote the show with D'Elia in mind. They had known each other for years because he was a fellow stand-up comedian. Because of that, D'Elia said they have a shorthand that most actors don't have, while Cummings gushed over her costar, joking that D'Elia is "the most talented young comedian working . . . besides me." Regarding the dynamic between Whitney and Alex, Cummings said it would be "more like the Lucy-and-Desi relationship" of I Love Lucy.
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- Maulik Pancholy stars on Whitney as a friend of the couple's, but he's best known for his role as Jack's assistant on 30 Rock. When he was asked if he'd still be able to be on 30 Rock, he said yes: "I don't think I can give up on Jack Donaghy that easily."
- Producer Thomas answered the question of whether we'll see Alex and Whitney get married. "I don't think any time soon," she explained, because the characters are trying to figure out if marriage is necessary. "That exploration is what the show is about."
- When Cummings was asked how she was balancing her life with two new shows, she remarked that she felt "so lucky" to be part of "two amazing shows I'm really proud of." However, she knows that 2 Broke Girls is "in pretty good hands" over at CBS with Michael Patrick King (aka the executive producer of Sex and the City). As for the timeline, Cummings said she had pitched the idea of Whitney last August, and a month later heard that King was looking to write a sitcom with someone. After they wrote the 2 Broke Girls pilot together, Cummings heard that both shows got picked up in January, within the same week. When she was asked which show she would root for if they were put on the schedule against each other, Cummings insisted she would root for both.