NEW YORK -- ABC’s newest comedy "Mixology" isn’t your standard "boy meets girl but obstacles keep them apart for a while" story.
Instead, the first season follows six women and five men who meet in a New York City bar over the course of just one night. (Flashbacks help round out the characters and give them back stories.)
Couples who pair up early on in the beginning might not end up together at the end of the 13-episode season.
"(Co-creator) Jon Lucas calls it a romantic mystery," said cast member Blake Lee in a recent interview. "You watch a romantic comedy and you know that the two lead characters will at the end of the movie somehow find each other and be in love and this, you might be rooting for two characters at the beginning and then two or three episodes later they’ll meet a different character and you’ll be like, ‘I want to see what happens there!"’
The actors even admit to being surprised by how the story ended up.
"At the beginning we didn’t know who ended up with who, "said co-star Vanessa Lengies, who is best known for her role as Sugar Motta on "Glee." "I remember reading the second to last episode and it ended up on a cliffhanger and I was like, gasp!"
"Mixology" is the first TV project for Lucas and Scott Moore, who are behind "The Hangover" films. It premiered Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. (on WTEN-TV, Channel 10, Albany, N.Y.)
Lee, Lengies and cast member Andrew Santino, answer questions about their own bar behavior:
AP: What’s your alcoholic beverage of choice?
LEE: I like a really dirty martini.
LEN: I do, too.
LEE: She can also drink as much as I can and I’m 6’2".
SAN: And when he says as many he means two and then they’re out for the night.
LEE: Yeah, we’re lightweights.
LEN: You shouldn’t have more than two.
SAN: I’m a Bulleit Bourbon on the rocks.
LEE: You know what I also really like, a Moscow mule.
AP: Do you subscribe to the saying "beer before liquor, never sicker?"
LEE: I mix it all. I say who cares. Just let go. Just have fun. Š As long as you drink a regimented amount then you’re fine. If you had a glass of wine, then a beer, then a drink later at night it doesn’t matter. If you’re having 10 beers and then four shots and then a couple Captain diets you’re gonna feel terrible. It’s not the mixing it’s that you’ve drank 100 of them.
SAN: I feel like sugary drinks are what always make me feel bad, like margaritas.
LEE: Yeah, because the logic of it is you’re just chugging sugar. Like if you did that without booze you’d still feel terrible.
LEN: We should do PSAs about this.
AP: What’s your hangover remedy?
LEE: My mother loves her wine, OK? And she has always said drink like a bottle of water and take two Advil before you go to sleep. ... You wake up without a hangover and she’s right.
SAN: I do drink water before I go to bed but then in the morning have a beer and a burger. A juicy, greasy burger and another beer because it’s like hair of the dog as my dad always says.
LEE: A bloody mary works, too.