Saturday, June 15, 2024

Swinging “Silicon Valley” Star Thomas Middleditch Lands a Family Sitcom on CBS, Too Bad There Weren’t Any Upfronts This Year


CBS has greenlighted a new sitcom for this fall with an unusual star.

Thomas Middleditch, who comes HBO’s “Silicon Valley” and cell phone commercials, will star with Broadway great Annaleigh Ashford in “B Positive.” The title refers to his blood type as Middleditch’s character is described as a therapist and newly divorced dad who needs a kidney donor, and Ashford is “a rough-around-the-edges woman from his past who volunteers her own.”

They should have called it “You’re Kidneying.” Bah bum!

Anyway, last September Middleditch made headlines with an interview he gave to Playboy, when it was still a magazine.

He and his wife, Mollie, are swingers. As, in they go to orgies, have sex with strangers, and so on. They swap partners. This is not a joke.

Middleditch said: “To be honest, swinging has saved our marriage. We have different speeds, and we argue over it constantly, but it’s better than feeling unheard and alone and that you have to scurry in the shadows. By the way, it’s now called being “part of the lifestyle.” The term swinging is old.”

The actor continued: ” I self-deprecatingly call myself a pervert, but that’s not what it is. I just like it. I’m sexual. I’d always thought I was a romantic and that when I fall in love, that stuff fades away. It does for some years—enough to be like, “I should get married, and I’ll be different.” But it’s part of me. If that’s part of your being and it feels important to you, find a way to explore it, because repression sucks.”

It’s too bad there were no upfronts this year for CBS. There probably won’t be TCA interviews this summer, either, but if there are, I’d like to ask Middleditch to expound on this subject. Maybe they can work it into the show once his character gets the new kidney. “Meet cute” takes on all new meaning!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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