‘Million Little Things’: James Roday Returns to TV after Psych Series

James Roday lands new role in A Million Little Things. The new ABC series will be a combination of comedy and drama which is right in James Roday’s wheelhouse.

What is A Million Little Things about?

A Million Little Things, will focus on a group of close friends in Boston that are stuck in ordinary lives.  Some of the friends are successful while others are losers. But they all have a strong bond.

When one of them expectantly dies, the others decide to finally start living.

A Million Little Things will star James Roday as Gary, and David Giuntoli (Detective Nick Burkhardt from Grimm) as Eddie.

Warning: A Million Little Things spoilers ahead

Roday’s character Gary, is a breast cancer survivor.  While in remission he’s sleeping around and emotionally obtuse. He hides his true emotions with humor.

Giuntoli will play Eddie, a music teacher and former wanna-be rock star.  He’s a stay at home father and his marriage is in trouble.  He’s having an affair and pondering leaving his wife for his new love.

The rest of the ensemble cast includes Ron Livingston (Jon), Romany Malco (Rome), Christina Ochoa (Ashley), Christina Moses (Regina), Allison Miller (Maggie), Stephanie Szostak (Delilah), Tristan Byon, and Lizzy Green (Sophie).

Actress Anne Son played the role of Kathrine in the pilot but was later recast and will now be played by Grace Park.  The character is a single mother trying to balance time between her son and her successful legal career.

James Roday and his time on Psych

From day one, Psych was a huge success. James Roday (Shawn Spencer) helped the first episode bring in over six-million viewers making it the highest rated premiere show for a cable network.  This made it the most watched pilot in history for the USA Network.

The show’s success was an equal mixture of smart writing and the strong on screen chemistry between James Roday and Dulé Hill.  There hasn’t been a comedic crime fighting team with chemistry like this since Bruce Willis and Cybill Sheperd in Moonlighting.  And by coincidence, Sheperd plays James Roday’s mother, Madeleine Spencer, in the show.

Add to that the show made some brilliant casting decisions with Corbin Bernsen, Timothy Omundson, and Cary Elwes.

 

But the most memorable part of the show was the theme song.  Television programs have been getting shorter (because more commercials are getting inserted).  To make up for the lost time, theme songs have become a thing of the past.  Psych was one of the few shows left to keep a title song.

The song, performed by The Friendly Indians, became a favorite of fans.

A Million Little Things will be seen on ABC on Wednesdays.  It appears to be one of the more promising new addition to the network.

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