January 28, 2023

‘American Auto’ Creator Teases Extra ‘Advanced Points’ for Payne Motors in Season 2

It’s wheels up on Season 2 of the zippy comedy, American Auto, set at fictional automobile producer Payne Motors, and the workers is something however idle.

The opener picks up after Season 1’s finale landed new CEO Katherine Hastings (Ana Gasteyer) in scorching water; she’s gasping for dignity following an ill-fated TV profile that uncovered her position in hiding a defect of one of many firm’s automobiles.

Jon Barinholtz and Ana Gasteyer in 'American Auto' Season 2

(Credit score: Greg Gayne/NBC)

Now that the general public is aware of of the wrongdoing, “it’s about how Katherine and the remainder of the group react to the stress of a scandal that simply retains getting worse,” says creator Justin Spitzer. It doesn’t assist that Katherine nonetheless has no thought how the automotive trade operates, having come from Huge Pharma.

Fortunately, her beforehand peeved group — together with CCO Sadie (Harriet Dyer), social-media-savvy assistant Dori (X Mayo), and vapid Payne inheritor Wesley (Jon Barinholtz) — has lastly embraced the boss’ vehicular ineptitude and is invested in serving to save the corporate.

That must also assist with points coming down the pike for Payne. “[A lot] of our episodes come from them making an attempt to resurrect their picture, whereas contending with advanced problems with office discrimination, ladies’s rights, environmentalism, and geopolitics,” Spitzer explains. “There’s nearly no matter {that a} company this huge doesn’t must take care of.”

Don’t even get us began on gasoline costs.

American Auto, Season Premiere, Tuesday, January 24, 8:30/7:30c, NBC