“I always like characters like this who are anti-social, hard to get along with, but there’s still something within them that’s likeable and can help other people,” Loudermilk EP Bobby Mort told Dawn Chmielewski today at The Contenders Emmys. With Sam Loudermilk—the misanthropic recovering alcoholic and substance abuse counselor portrayed by Sam Livingston in the AT&T Audience Network series—Mort has found his latest great character.

Known for comedies in the film world including There’s Something About Mary and Dumb and Dumber, Peter Farrelly leaped at the

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chance to make his stamp on television today, although he was more reluctant to enter the terrain of television earlier in his career. “When I moved to L.A., that was the last thing I wanted to do. Unless you were on Seinfeld or Cheers or Friends, it wasn’t worth it. It seemed like a waste of time,” Farrelly said, sitting down with Mort and his stars, including Livingston, Will Sasso, Anja Savcic and Laura Mennell. “But TV’s gotten so good, I wanted to develop something.”

For Livingston, what was so compelling about the series was the notion of a “self-centered assh*le” who was forced into the position of having to help people. “The fun of the thing is seeing this family of misfits try to make it through the day with each other,” Livingston said.

A critically praised original comedy series, Loudermilk was renewed for a 10-episode second season earlier this month.