Sarah Silverman ready for long-awaited new season of her show
BY GREG HERNANDEZ
It’s been more than a year between seasons but for fans of “The Sarah Silverman Program,” the wait is almost over. The quirky sitcom – which features Silverman as a self-centered and ignorant woman also named Sarah Silverman returns with new episodes on Comedy Central on Feb. 4.
“I feel like it’s different from other seasons, I think we’ve taken everything up a notch in terms of story and character,” Silverman said recently. ” We really came into out own this year and I think all of us are excited about people seeing the season.”
The show’s future was in doubt after two seasons because producers balked when Comedy Central asked them to cut their budget. After lengthy negotiations, a deal was worked out where the Logo network paid for part of the budget for the rights to air the show in reruns.
Silverman, who was nominated for an Emmy last year in the lead actress in a comedy series category, said loyal and patient fans will be rewarded.
“Everybody came together – not just the cast and the writers – but the crew – literally everyone came back after so many months and people taking other jobs,” she said. “Everyone found their way back and despite having this 14 month [production] gap, we’ve become like this well-oiled machine. Our budget was smaller but we really made it work. You’d think we were ‘The Sopranos’ and not a 21-minute show about farts.”
Well, it’s about a little more than farts as regular viewers are aware. The free-spirited fictionalized Sarah is anything but politically correct and gets herself into all kinds of fun situations.
“I get in trouble for peeing in a mailbox and that’s the episode where I think that I’m retarded,” Silverman said of one of the new episodes. “I get sent in to do community service with retarded adults and I think the woman I’m paired with is the retarded adult and she thinks I’m the retarded adult and we’re talking so condescendingly to each other that we never find out.”
“That was an interesting episode for me because Standards and Practices was so concerned with how we handled the mentally challenged and the truth is, because Standards and Practices and all of the networks are so concerned with offending advocates of retarded people, that they don’t end up being reflected in any form of narrative media at all. And I think that is more of a shame, to not have them exist in this kind of mirroring society than to exist. Certainly *I’m *the idiot in any scenario in the show.”
She’s also high about what she jokingly refers to as “a very special episode” of the show featuring the show’s gay couple: “There’s even a genuinely dramatic storyline in Episode 8 that we’re excited. Steve and Brian have the ‘A’ story and I challenge you to not cry in the end. But the other storylines [in the episode] are ridiculous.”
Silverman has returned to doing her stand-up act after a lengthy hiatus.
“I’m finally doing stand-up again and it’s scary and I’ve been so lost,” she admitted. “When you’re starting over but people know who you are, it’s a whole new bag of stuff and you have to just be willing to suck. But I feel like I’m finally getting myself back and I’ve got a bunch of new stuff.”
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