Julie Hagerty and Cameron Boyce have been confirmed as part of the cast in the ABC comedy pilot Steps. If you can recognize both of them then bravo since they both belong to very different generations since Hagerty goes all the way back to Airplane! and What About Bob? while Boyce can be seen in Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2 along with several different Disney shows. Both of them have been proven actors for a little while now and seeing them in a comedy that doesn’t have as much of a filter as a Disney production could prove to be interesting. It might be a shock for anyone that’s seen Boyce as an innocent kid up until this point but like all Disney stars the young man has to spread his wings and take the filter off of his mouth eventually.
Boyce’s character is apparently a young man that speaks his mind while Hagerty will be playing a parent that has gotten into her Sapphic side. For those of you that don’t know this is a reference to lesbianism via the poet Sappho. Like a lot of shows nowadays this one is obviously going to tap into more than one theme to gain its comedy and as such it could be kind of interesting. In some ways the networks finally seem to be trying something different rather than dragging out the same old tired ideas that were great for their time but finally need to be laid to rest. The kind of shows that have been coming out in the past few years have been, like always, hit and miss, but some of them have been very big hits that have resonated with the audience.
Perhaps this show will give people something they can really get behind and offer up the kind of subject material that people want to see finally. The only trouble with that however is that viewers are typically so fickle that a studio has to be kept on their toes at all times and aware of the pulse of society and how it tends to change. So far some shows have done that beautifully while others have stumbled about trying to do what they can to relate to their audience while not patronizing them at the same time. At times it seems like being a producer or a director would unbearably rough. If you’re not catching it in the neck from one side then you’re worrying about with the other side is going to do in response to the show that’s just been put out.
Hagarty and Boyce have both worked in television since Hagarty did in fact have a recurring role in Malcolm in the Middle as well as many other shows. She’s been one of those actors that you see and go ‘hey, it’s her!’ even if you don’t recall her name. Boyce has also gained notoriety but thanks to being so much younger has time to build on his already impressive resume.