A TV press tour for Joel McHale’s new show “The Great Indoors” proved the show’s caricature of entitled millennials was accurate when the show’s cast and creators faced backlash and interruptions from millennial journalists.
In the show, McHale plays Jack of Gen X, a reporter for an outdoors magazine who has to contend with an office full of millennial co-workers obsessed with podcasts, social media, and clickbait. His boss, played by Stephen Fry, is a baby boomer.
Creator Mike Gibbons introduced the show by saying how the workplace is filled “with millennials in a overly PC, coddled work environment.” He also mentioned that the idea for the show came from an experience working on “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” where he was made fun of by millennial co-workers for not using Venmo.
One millennial journalist seemed bothered by the stereotype. “I’m curious if you can talk a little bit about what ‑‑ how we are so coddled and what about our overly politically correct workplace bothers you,” she asked. When Fry tried to answer and mentioned “there’s also an element to which you have it tougher than the generation before, my generation,” she cut him off with, “yeah, no sh*t,” and told him she wanted to hear from Gibbons.
There was so much offense caused that the cast, including its millennial members, had to clarify they were not “the Trump sitcom” after Gibbons joked their “show is going to make America great again.”
Despite the criticisms, Gibbons and McHale ate it up. When one journalist asked how they would move past the “haha podcast,” Gibbons quipped that “‘haha podcast’ is a great review. I will take that. That’s what we aspire to.” When another journalist complained about how “negative” the show was, McHale chimed in and said that if they “are actually offending millennials and that is the reputation of the show, this is the best press ever.”
The pilot episode is set to air on October 27 on CBS.