Natalie Morales on Being a Part of TV History With Abby's

The new NBC comedy debuts Thursday, March 28

By Chris Harnick Mar 28, 2019 4:45 PMTags
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Welcome to Abby's, a place where everybody knows your name—because they're all neighbors—and where men can't wear flip flops. For series star Natalie Morales, the new comedy is more than a job—it's a dream job.

"You know what's even crazier? I'm the first Cuban, female lead of a network sitcom. I'm the first Cuban since [I Love Lucy star] Desi Arnaz, which is crazy and amazing, I think it's really cool. But it does make you go, ‘That was in black and white, that was a long time ago,'" she told E! News.

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Abby's comes from executive producer Michael Schur of The Good Place and Parks and Recreation fame and follows Abby and her makeshift—and unlicensed—bar. Her place becomes a sanctuary to the neighborhood. The show also stars Neil Flynn, Nelson Franklin, Jessica Chaffin, Kimia Behpoornia and Leonard Ouzts.

The historical nature of her casting and character—Abby is a veteran, and an open bisexual on the series—has separated Abby's from just being a regular job, Morales said.


"Obviously this is like the dream job. Every job I've had has been a dream job, it's not that I don't believe I deserve it because I do work really, really hard for it, but I can't believe it when I get it," she told E! News. "It's really incredible, so I'm glad that I get to do this, and I truly am flabbergasted that I'm allowed to."

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Abby's premieres Thursday, March 28 at 9:30 p.m. on NBC.

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