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Welcome to “Remote Controlled,” a podcast from Variety featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera.
In this week’s episode, Variety‘s executive editor of TV, Debra Birnbaum, talks with “Rise” star Josh Radnor (“How I Met Your Mother”) and showrunner Jason Katims (“Friday Night Lights”).
Radnor - Katims - Reason - Drama - School
Radnor says Katims was the reason he signed for the drama about a high school teacher who takes over the school’s musical, to stage “Spring Awakening.” “I just said yes from the email,” says Radnor. “I just love the vibe of his shows. I love the honesty, the grit, and the dimensionality of the characters. I would watch his shows and say, I want to be there.”
“Rise” is based on a book about real-life teacher Lou Volpe, whom the actor got to meet. “I was curious about why he thought he had the chutzpah to do this,” says Radnor, who asked the teacher about his relationship with his students. “I think he would probably say they gave me far more than I gave them.”
Network - Show - Years - Mother - Guy
It’s the first network show he said yes to after years spent on “How I Met Your Mother” playing a single guy looking for love, and he admits the role scared him. “You forget that you have other notes to play,” he says. “I never thought of myself as a comedic actor…. I just wanted to be sure I was taking enough risk.”
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Katims - Show - Story - Theater - School
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