There’s something magical about being on a set of a television show. You get to see just how the magic works. We got a tour of the set of ABC’s Single Parents, the hilarious ensemble comedy about a group of single parents who lean on each other to survive the world of parenting. Come backstage as we’re shown all the rooms by star Jake Choi (Miggy Park) and Executive Producer Jason Winer.
Thank you, Disney, for hosting me on the Ralph Breaks the Internet Event. All opinions about how Jake Choi is my new BFF are my own.
How Do They Film In Many Houses on Single Parents?
The series stars Taran Killam as Will Cooper, Leighton Meester as Angie D’Amato, Kimrie Lewis as Poppy Banks, Jake Choi as Miggy Park, Marlow Barkley as Sophie Cooper, Tyler Wladis as Graham D’Amato, Devin Trey Campbell as Rory Banks, Mia Allan as Emma Fogerty, Ella Allan as Amy Fogerty and Brad Garrett as Douglas Fogerty.
How do they film in so many spaces for Single Parents? Since they are single parents and all have their own living spaces, you’d need 5 different houses, plus a school to film regularly!
Jason Winer explained that because of the laws and working with kids, they have limited hours. “We had to build every environment in here so that we can do the whole show moving from environment to environment and somehow manage to shoot episodes in one week. So, it’s a challenge, but it’s one we have fun with. But all the sets were designed with that in mind.”
Let’s see the sets!
ABC’s Single Parents Set Tour
Jake Choi should add tour guide extraordinaire to his resume. He had me laughing the whole time as we walked through the many rooms. Here’s a Single Parents secret: some spaces are redressed to use as two different rooms.
Each home is decorated with purpose. Douglas’s house is very sophisticated man-cave like. This is his office.
Angie’s house is very Angie and a little xoxo, Gossip Girl mom vibe. It is Leighton Meester, after all.
Even her kitchen is made to look intentionally cluttered like a single mom. Shoot, I’m a married mom and my kitchen is way more cluttered.
I’m laughing at Jason, because he is so sweet, and as we were told they needed the room, he’s like, one more minute. He wanted us to have all the time and information we needed. He really was the best!
Miggy’s apartment is classic bachelor pad, no money style. Jake even posed with his shoe collection, and we’re like the paparazzi snapping away.
In Poppy’s house, we were treated to a view of Rory’s room. That kid is amazing, and his room shows it! Fashion is his passion, and don’t you forget it.
We then went to the Elementary School! I pretended to be Miss Adams, but I ain’t got nothing on her.
As we stepped outside to the courtyard and playground, we saw some of the other stars of the show! I had to laugh as Brad Garrett turned the corner, because 25 bloggers is quite the surprise!
Everyone was so kind and took a picture with us. Taran Killam shook all our hands and introduced himself, which was way cool. It was fun to see all the details up close and personal. There are no stupid questions! The bulletin board says so.
We finished up in the Winebrary and then it was time to say goodbye. I wish we had more time, because it was so much to take in and all very surreal. The sets are huge!
Jake Choi offered up one of my favorite all-time selfies. It was an absolute pleasure!
Why We Need Single Parents on ABC
As we’ve had shows that definitely talk about and involve the lives of Single Parents, now there’s a show that’s dedicated completely to the lives of Single Parents. Parenting is hard, and the cheesy line that the casts begs Will not to say is, “It takes a village.”
But it does take a village. Even if you’re married, there are times as mothers and fathers, that we feel alone, especially if we don’t live near family. You rely on the people around you, and often it’s the parents of your children’s friends. This show takes a humorous approach of showing us how sometimes we’re thrown into a group that we might not have chosen for ourselves initially, but we realize how much we need and love them.
And no, being a great parent does not mean sacrificing everything about your own identity. Something I have to remind myself constantly.
Tonight’s Episode on Single Parents
You can watch Single Parents Wednesdays at 9:30|8:30c on The ABC Television Network or streaming or on demand.
Tonight on Single Parents:
“The Beast” – Will encourages Angie to rediscover her passion for heavy metal music by taking a guitar class, and in turn, Angie insists that Will get back in the field covering weather by driving both of them into a storm. Meanwhile, the rest of the gang explore their romantic passions as Douglas pursues his crush on Big Red with the help of Miggy, and Poppy feels an instant connection with a dreamy musician.