Hank Azaria Previews 'Free Agents' and Talks About His 'Adult Relationship' (VIDEO)

Hank Azaria's character on the new sitcom 'Free Agents' is a very emotional guy, as Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb pointed out Wednesday morning on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC). He is recovering from a divorce and commiserating with his friend, played by Kathryn Hahn, as the two contemplate getting involved with each other. So how emotional is Azaria's character? "He is profoundly sad," said Azaria. "There's an exchange in the pilot where Kathryn is telling me, 'You're too emotional to do anything,' I'm like, 'No I'm fine,' and she's like, 'Are you aware that you're crying right now?'"

FREE AGENTS (NBC) “Pilot” Episode 1

FREE AGENTS  “Pilot” Episode 1  airs Wednesday September 14 at 8:30 pm on NBC. Episode Synopsis :  Alex (Hank Azaria, “ The Simpsons ,” “The Smurfs”), is newly-divorced and trying to hold it together at work. His co-worker Helen (Kathryn Hahn, “Our Idiot Brother,” “Stepbrothers”) lost her fiancé a year ago and while she thinks she has it together, she’s on emotional thin ice. When they end up in bed together, the aftermath isn’t pretty and they decide to remain friends…or so they think. As the two try to sort out their casual, intimate and beautifully awkward relationship, they are surrounded by an office full of crazy colleagues, including their  boss  Stephen (Anthony Head, “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Merlin”), Dan (Mo Mandel, “ Modern Family ”), Gregg (Al Madrigal, “The Daily Show”) and Emma (Natasha Leggero, “Ugly Americans”), as well as office security  guard Walter (Joe Lo Truglio, “Backwash”). Read More...


The cast of  FREE AGENTS  includes Hank Azaria as Alex, Natasha Leggero as Emma, Mo Mandel as Dan, Kathryn Hahn as Helen, Anthony Head as Stephen, Joe Lo Truglio as Walter, Al Madrigal as Gregg. The series premieres tonight Wednesday September 14 at 8:30 pm on NBC. Synopsis:  “Free Agents” is a crooked workplace/romantic new comedy from creator John Enbom (“Party Down”) and Emmy Award-winning director Todd Holland (“Malcolm in  the Middle ”) based on the cult U.K. series of the same name that explores the trials and tribulations of two public relations executives on the rebound. Read More...

Hank Azaria’s 'Free Agents:' What the Critics Are Saying

Critics are mixed about  Free Agents , which premieres Wednesday night on NBC and co-stars Hank Azaria  and  Kathryn Hahn  as coworkers at a publicity firm who are recently divorced (him) or widowed (her) and deciding if they should have a fling. It's based off a British sitcom of the same name that will also soon premiere on BBC America. Read More...

'Free Agents' Stars Talk 'Party Down' Parallels & Being the Anti-Romantic Comedy

'Free Agents' is not 'Party Down' ... but it does share some very key elements with that cult favorite, canceled-too-soon show. First and foremost: creator John Enbom , who shared creator credit on 'Party Down' with Paul Rudd, Dan Etheridge and Rob Thomas, whom Enbom first teamed up with after working in the writers room on Thomas' other other cult favorite series 'Veronica Mars.' But possibly even more important than pedigree here is set-up. Much like the Casey-Henry 'Party Down' romance rollercoaster, 'Free Agents' PR execs Alex ( Hank Azaria ) and Helen ( Kathryn Hahn ) get the wham-bam-thank you ma'am out of the way really early on. It's the "what now?" that drives their relationship -- at work and in the bedroom -- as opposed to the more popular "will they/won't they" dilemma. They did already, and as Enbom, Azaria and Hahn all promise, they will again and again. And thirdly, well, let's just say they'd welcome any 'Party Down' alums to stop by for a guest spot.

NBC's 2011-12 new comedies, first impressions: Old school vs. new school

Most of the new comedies NBC ordered for next season look like the comedies that have aired on the network in recent years: They're laugh track-free, single-camera shows in the vein of "30 Rock" or "Community."But not all of them. The fall show "Whitney" and the midseason series "Are You There Vodka? It's Me Chelsea" care cut from the old-school sitcom mold -- a live audience you can hear laughing, multiple cameras and setup-punchline rhythms reminiscent of shows from NBC's comedy heyday in the '80s and '90s. Formal differences aside, though, what matters with any comedy is whether it's funny. Here are our first impressions of NBC's comedy offerings for 2011-12.The fall comedies:"Free Agents" (watch clips)The show is based on a British series about two co-workers (Hank Azaria and Kathryn Hahn), both of whom are coming off failed relationships, who sleep together, regret it to varying degrees and then try to figure out what their...