Knowing that no one can really avoid the “terrible twos,” CBC’s Workin’ Moms looks to tackle them head on in Season 2. The comedy series, which returns Tuesday, January 9 at 9:30 p.m., will be dealing with toddlers and tantrums, as Kate (Catherine Reitman), Anne (Dani Kind), Frankie (Juno Rinaldi) and Ian (Dennis Andres) try to maintain friendships, work through career ups and downs and still maintain a sense of self. Kate will be dealing with the fallout of choosing her family over her career at the end of last season, while Anne’s move into a new office space turns out to be next-door to a prominent figure from her past.
Elsewhere, Frankie is moving on from her relationship with Giselle (Olunike Adeliyi) and trying to find stability and a home for her and Rhoda. Now that Ian and Jenny (Jessalyn Wanlim) have split, Ian starts integrating into the group and may even find love while attempting to sell his screenplay. To learn more about what’s to come for the Workin’ Moms group, The TV Junkies recently spoke exclusively with creator/star Reitman and Kind. The pair preview for us how some members of the group will have more success than others this year, as well as some potential fallout from the special flashback episode that recently aired.
There’s more to Anne than her anger
Don’t worry, Anne will continue to be the sarcastic, sometimes gruff woman we all came to know and love in Season 1, but just as we saw last year, there’s way more to her than that. Reitman attributes a lot of Anne’s heart to Kind and her portrayal of the character. “One of the beauties of watching someone like Dani work, is that I get to see her bring so much humanity behind it. The fact that an angry woman can be so complex and interesting and sexy and lovable, I don’t think all actors do that,” she explained. There’s lots of love to go around though because Kind says those aspect of Anne were in Reitman’s writing “from day one.” Kind recalled that “the first time I read Anne I read the vulnerability in her anger,” before promising that Anne only gets “better and better. Wait until you see!” Reitman was quick to jump in and note that “Episode 205 will make Dani Kind fans go cucamonga!”
But she is still our Anne
“Can Anne be softer?” Kind jokingly asked. Although she and the Workin’ Moms writers have given depth to Anne and showed her many layers, Kind noted that the gruff and sarcastic Anne we know and love, “came out of the womb that way.” She assures us that “she could never be less Anne.” Reitman admitted that she “got a lot of hell when I started writing Anne that people would find her unlikable.” However, she’s glad she stuck to her guns and kept Anne as is, especially since that kind of character feels especially needed these days. “There’s never been a better time for a character like Anne to make some moves and have a platform on television,” said Reitman before adding “you just pray you get someone as nuanced as Dani Kind to bring that to life.”
Fallout from the flashback episode
Thanks to that awesome flashback episode, Workin’ Moms gave viewers a glimpse into what’s possibly the show’s true love story: the friendship between Kate and Anne. We saw how close the women were back in the day, as well as the fact that Anne was married to someone else. What will all those little details mean going forward? It means those reveals from the flashback will have fallout. Reitman says it “really affects Kate’s entire career, Anne’s love life and marriage and has ripples throughout their storyline.”
Frankie must move on from Giselle
“I love hearing people respond to where Frankie ended because to me it was always a break up,” Reitman told us. So even though Frankie and Giselle ended on a tender moment, they are not together in Season 2. “Frankie is a child in many ways, and Giselle has a huge responsibility of taking care of her. It’s a really unpredictable place to be as a partner,” Reitman went on to explain. So that means in Season 2 that Frankie is “going to take care of herself,” but Reitman assures us that there’s still “mutual love there” with Giselle.
Frankie will have fun though
Just because she’s no longer with Giselle and working on herself, that doesn’t mean Frankie won’t have fun in Season 2. “Frankie had such a rough first season. It’s time for Frankie to have some wins,” Reitman said. For the Workin’ Moms creator that meant that she “wanted to showcase Frankie having some fun. I really think that the audience will have a good time watching Frankie explore her inner child.”
Everyone unravels in their own way
Part of Frankie having those wins may mean tough times ahead for the other Workin’ Moms. “Kate had such a winning first season so it’s time for her to lick some wounds,” said Reitman. Tough times may extend to others though as Kind previewed that “all of the characters this season unravel in their own ways, even when they are experiencing joys there’s an unraveling.” She went on to say that means that “you get to go deeper into Frankie, deeper into Kate and deeper into Anne, but not in ways you expect. I don’t think that anyone is going to see what’s coming, especially towards the end of the season.”
There’s a plethora of talent behind the scenes
“We’re getting a lot of love for it, but I feel like I’m reaping the benefits of it. I don’t feel like I’m a hero,” Reitman said when asked about all the talented women she has working behind the scenes. “I just feel like I’m accessing really talented people and using them for all that they are worth,” she explained. Kind sees it as more than that though. “You have this crazy intuition though,” she told Reitman. Kind said that intuition on hiring talent extends through the cast, guest stars and crew, and that Reitman is really giving people a chance, whether intentional or not.
“You’re giving people an opportunity over and over and over again. You’re not going for the regular Canadian picks. You’re definitely not like ‘we want women on the show’ and going for the few women who have been directing over the past years in Canada. You’re creating a lot of opportunity for people here,” Kind told her boss. She used Reitman’s directorial picks this season that include Molly McGlynn and Aleysa Young as prime examples of that. Reitman said her philosophy is that “you have to pay it forward. What do they say, when you take the elevator up that you have to send it back down? I think it’s our responsibility.”
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Workin’ Moms Season 2 premieres on Tuesday, January 9 at 9:30 p.m. ET on CBC.
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