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From writer/executive producer Lon Zimmet (LA to Vegas), the new Fox series Outmatched is a multi-camera family comedy about a blue-collar couple – handyman Mike (Jason Biggs) and casino pit boss Kay (Maggie Lawson) – raising their four kids, while three of them are certified geniuses. As parents who barely got through high school, navigating the demands of three ultra high-IQ children is a challenge, but they’re committed to ensuring a sense of normalcy that also allows them to exploring the trials and tribulations that come with just being kids.
While at the Fox portion of the Television Critics Association Press Tour, co-stars Jason Biggs and Maggie Lawson talked about why Outmatched appealed to them, what made this project feel special, finding the family dynamic, why it’s important for these parents to still relate to their kids, and how the younger cast is professional but still act their age.
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Collider: How was this show presented to you guys?
MAGGIE LAWSON: It was one of the first scripts I read, going into the last pilot season, and I remember just putting a little heart in my head around this one ‘cause I thought it was so funny and I thought it worked so well. It went away, and then it came back, a little later. And then, for me, when I read with [Jason Biggs], and we read together, it was like, “Oh, okay, this could be a thing.” It felt very special. And then, when the kids were all hired, and Tisha [Campbell-Martin] and Finesse [Mitchell], and we got to set, the first day we were all working together, something very special was happening. Everybody settled in very quickly. Obviously, it starts with the script. That’s how it was presented to me. I just got a script and was like, “This is funny....
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