Will the new CBS comedy Angel From Hell — starring Jane Lynch as homeless, substance-abusing guardian angel— actually touch on the spiritual?
At today’s TCA, creator Tad Quill said that the show will not embrace any particular religion but is in the business of finding “commonality.” That being said, he confirmed that there will be an “element of spirituality to it. (Lynch’s angel character) Amy is coming at things from a very spiritual place.”
Quill, who said the show was conceived as a contemporary answer to Bewitched or I Dream Of Jeannie, added that he does not see “a huge differentiation” between the spiritual and the supernatural. “(The show) brings up questions of faith, but it is first and foremost a comedy,” he said.
Quill appeared on the panel with cast members Lynch, Maggie Lawson, Kevin Pollak and Kyle Bornheimer. Known for portraying sardonic characters, Lynch was surprisingly “spiritual” herself, agreeing with Lawson that guardian angels really exist in various forms in real life.
Commenting on her busy career, Lynch stayed in touchy-feely mode, saying that she has given up having goals and “I feel very settled in my person.” The angel role “lines up with where I am right now, just to be in the present moment and love each other”.
Speaking of love, that’s one limit on Amy the Angel: She can’t fall into romantic love, though she can be sexually intimate with anyone. Quill confirmed that Amy indeed will be active in this regard and “not necessarily gender specific.” Joked Lynch, “I could go through the whole family if I wanted to.”
Cast members Lynch and Pollak both have other shows on the air, Lynch’s Hollywood Game Night and Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show. Pollak said he would like to see cast members appear as guests on Chat Show “individually or as a team.”