Leslie Jordan’s character on the Fox present “Call Me Kat” will “live forever” because the solid continues to mourn the lack of the actor who died in October at age 67.
The present’s star and govt producer, Mayim Bialik, instructed Leisure Weekly this week that she had been contemplating a funeral episode for Jordan’s character, Phil, but it surely didn’t really feel proper because the solid and showrunners have been nonetheless “actively grieving our friend.”
“So we found a way for him to live forever,” mentioned Bialik, who performs Kat. “His character will live forever, and he can have whatever adventures we all imagine.”
When Jordan died in a automotive crash in Hollywood whereas struggling a medical emergency, the present had been filming its third season. Jordan performed Kat’s upbeat, humorous pal who labored as a baker at her cafe.
Bialik, who additionally starred in “The Big Bang Theory,” mentioned the present’s writers needed to alter Jordan’s last episode, which aired in December. In his tribute episode, which airs Thursday, viewers will learn the way Jordan’s Phil has moved on from Louisville, Ky., the place the present is ready.
It was troublesome writing the episode and making an attempt to encapsulate all of who Jordan was in a single episode, Bialik mentioned, calling him “truly larger than life.”
Jordan, who was additionally identified for his roles in “Will & Grace” and “American Horror Story,” grew to become a web-based sensation throughout the pandemic shutdown along with his uplifting Instagram dispatches. His on-line fame allowed new generations to hitch in on Jordan’s witty musings, delivered in his signature Southern accent.
Within the goodbye episode, the characters quote Jordan’s iconic sayings, Bialik mentioned, although it was difficult to repeat his varied Leslie-isms since many concerned curse phrases.
“Our hope was to get it done in one take so that we wouldn’t emotionally go through it several times,” the “Jeopardy!” host mentioned. “But it took a couple takes.”
The tribute episode, titled “Philiam,” may also characteristic Vicki Lawrence, identified for taking part in well-known TV mothers on sitcoms together with “Mama’s Family” and “The Carol Burnett Show.” Lawrence performs Jordan’s mom within the tribute episode, in accordance with Deadline.
“For us, we’re still grieving,” Bialik mentioned of the solid and crew. “Grief is a full process, and I think there’s a level of authenticity that we feel we want to have as actors. … We’re humans and we lost our friend. We lost our little buddy.”