JEFFREY TAMBOR, CHRIS KLEIN, RAQUEL WELCH, JOANNA GARCIA, FRAN KRANZ, VALERIE AZLYNN AND AL MADRIGAL STAR IN "WELCOME TO THE CAPTAIN," A NEW COMEDY PREMIERING MONDAY, FEB. 4 ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK
"Pilot" - Jeffrey Tambor ("Arrested Development"), Chris Klein ("Election"), Raquel Welch ("The Three Musketeers"), Joanna Garcia ("Reba"), Fran Kranz ("The TV Set") Valerie Azlynn ("Two and a Half Men") and Al Madrigal ("Comedy Central Presents Al Madrigal") star in WELCOME TO THE CAPTAIN, a new comedy premiering Monday, Feb. 4 (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Josh Flug is a Hollywood whiz kid whose filmmaking career has hit a wall. Just when he is about to move back to New York, his accountant-to-the-stars best friend, Marty, convinces him to move into his legendary apartment building. Among the eccentric tenants are Uncle Saul, a former "Three's Company" writer who is the building's self-proclaimed expert on anything and everything; Charlene, the femme fatale who welcomes Josh in her own seductive style; Jesus, a gossipy doorman who knows all the residents' most tantalizing secrets; and Astrid, a flighty, aspiring young actress. Josh is most taken with the earthy, beautiful Hope, an aspiring acupuncturist who enlists him as a practice patient. The folklore of this fabled apartment building always continues to grow and, as each dweller quickly learns, the walls never stop talking.
In the premiere episode, Josh Flug, a one-time Hollywood hot shot, is persuaded by his friend, Marty, to move into the El Capitan apartment building, dubbed "The Captain" by its residents. With its eccentric group of tenants, he realizes this is the fresh start he needs.
Jeffrey Tambor has starred on television in the hit series' "The Larry Sanders Show" and the critically-acclaimed and Emmy Award-winning "Arrested Development," for which he received two Emmy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy. Also, he had a recurring role on "Three's Company," which earned him a co-starring role on the spin-off "The Ropers." Tambor just wrapped production on "Hellboy 2" and "Superhero," which will be released in 2008. His other feature film credits include "Hellboy," "Never Again," "Pollack," "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," "Girl, Interrupted," "Meet Joe Black," "Dr. Doolittle," "There's Something About Mary," "City Slickers" and "Mr. Mom," among others.
Chris Klein began his acting career in the critically acclaimed film "Election." His performance garnered him a Chicago Film Critics nomination for Most Promising Newcomer and the film received a nomination for Best Picture at the Independent Spirit Awards. He went on to star as Chris 'Oz' Ostreicher in the raucous comedy "American Pie" and reprised his role in "American Pie 2" the following year. Klein has featured roles in the upcoming films "The Good Life," which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and at the 2007 AFI Dallas Film Festival, "Day Zero," which premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival and is scheduled to be released in January 2008, and the comedy "New York City Serenade," which premiered at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival. This is Klein's first regular role in a television series. His other feature film credits include "We Were Soldiers," "United States of Leland," "Just Friends," "American Dreamz," "Say It Isn't So" and "Here on Earth."
Raquel Welch has millions of movie fans who first glimpsed her statuesque beauty in the science fiction classic "One Million Years B.C.," after which she secured a place for herself as the reigning sex symbol of the '60s and '70s. She has starred in over 45 films and won a Golden Globe for best actress in "The Three Musketeers." Some of Welch's early films include "Hannie Caulder" "Kansas City Bombers," "100 Rifles" and "Myra Breckinridge." She also acted on the stage with a remarkable performance in the hit Broadway musical "Woman of the Year," which led her to a starring role in "Victor/Victoria." Most recently, she co-starred in the feature films "Legally Blonde" and "American Family."
Joanna Garcia was born and raised in Tampa, Fla. and first began performing at the age of 10 when she auditioned for a local theater production and earned the lead role. From there she was discovered by Nickelodeon, who cast her in the television series "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" Garcia attended the University of Florida, but after her freshman year she moved to Los Angeles and landed a role in the CBS television movie "Holy Joe" on her first day in town. She went on to star the hit series "Reba," playing Reba's daughter, Cheyenne Montgomery. Her other television credits include "Party of Five," "Freaks and Geeks" and "Boston Public." Her feature film credits include "American Pie 2" and "Not Another Teen Movie."
Fran Kranz is best known for his performance in the feature film "The TV Set." A graduate of Yale University, Kranz played a series of memorable roles in feature films including "The Night of the White Pants," "Don't Fade Away," "Shades of Ray," "Wieners," "Careless," "Bickford Schmeckler's Cool Ideas," "Rise: Blood Hunter," "The Village," "Matchstick Men," "Orange County," "Training Day" and "Donnie Darko." He also has extensive theatre credits including "Twelfth Night," "Angels in America," "A Bright Room Called Day," "Henry IV Part I," "Sideman," "Antony & Cleopatra" and "The Dining Room." At a guest program at Oxford, he won Best Actor for his portrayal of Petruchio in "The Taming of the Shrew."
Valerie Azlynn was born and raised in New London, Conn. She moved to New York to pursue a career as an actress and built a resume performing in the theatre and singing with a reputable Opera Company in Manhattan. Her previous television credits include a recurring role in the CBS drama "CSI: NY," as well as the CBS comedies "Two And A Half Men" and "How I Met Your Mother." Her feature film credits include "Poseidon," "Bewitched" and "Constantine," and will be seen in the upcoming films "Tropic Thunder" and "Hancock."
Al Madrigal has been called "dynamic" by the New York Times, and his flair for storytelling has established him as one of the nation's premiere stand-up comedians. He won the "Jury Award for Best Stand-up Comedian" at the 2004 HBO Comedy Festival. Madrigal can regularly be seen on television in his own half-hour "Comedy Central Presents" special, as well as his frequent guest spots on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson." Madrigal continues to headline comedy clubs and theatres around the country.
Josh Flug: Fran Kranz
Marty Tanner: Chris Klein
Uncle Saul: Jeffrey Tambor
Jesus: Al Madrigal
Charlene Van Ness: Raquel Welch
Astrid: Valerie Azlynn
RATING: To Be Announced
Written by: Executive Producer John Hamburg
Directed by: John Hamburg