Maybe you don't think of them while you're out there bogeying to “I Will Survive” or doing the chicken dance, but those guys in the wedding band are people, too.
Sometimes they're very funny people, in fact, with entertaining lives, as is the case with the new TBS comedy “Wedding Band,” premiering at 9 p.m. Saturday. It's about four friends who spend their weekends as wannabe rock gods in their cleverly named group, Mother of the Bride. Brian Austin Green (“Beverly Hills, 90210”) plays Tommy, the hunky lead singer who still lives for good times and pretty girls. Then there are Eddie (Peter Cambor), the sometimes responsible husband, father and businessman; Stevie (Harold Perrineau), the studio musician looking for something different; and Barry (Derek Miller), the loose cannon drummer whose energy level puts Jack Black to shame.
Green, who is already a father and is soon expecting a baby with wife, Megan Fox, says part of the joy in playing Tommy is getting to safely revisit (or “regress,” as he puts it) his own reckless youth.
“It's fun, it's definitely different,” he says. “I get to the end of an episode and think, ‘Thank God I'm not this guy anymore because it's so draining.' I don't drink anymore. I don't go out to places anymore. I live a pretty easygoing life. I just don't think my brain and my body could take it if I did anything other than this. I don't know how people at 35, 40 still party as hard as Tommy does. It's impressive, for sure.”
The hard-partying lifestyle is key to how Green, 39, plays Tommy, but he says it's not the entire character. Underneath all the hedonism, there is a core selflessness to him.
“He's perpetually hung over, he's out of his mind, but he's a good guy,” Green says. “That's the endearing thing. He's a drunk, and he's a partyer, but at the end of the day he works his a — off to do his job to the best of his ability and really make special days for people, and he'd kill himself trying.”
The pacing may seem odd to viewers used to their TV comedies coming in half-hour bites. But with its multiple main characters and sometimes intricate plots, “Wedding Band” makes full use of its one-hour run time, creating a vibe Green says is more akin to “fun short movies than long episodes of television.” Sometimes it involves talking Tommy's old flame out of dumping her current beau, or maybe turning a couple of high school nerds into studs by helping them throw the most legendary (but nonalcoholic) rager in memory.