B Positive changed the premise of its second season, introducing new actors; Héctor Elizondo, Jane Seymour, Ben Vereen, Celia Weston, Jim Beaver, and Anna Maria Horsford.
Changing the premise of any show is risky business, as there is no surety that fans will take positively to the changes made. One series that recently changed its premise from the first season to the second is the 2020 CBS sitcom, B Positive.
While the verdict is still out on whether the changes ensured the longevity of the sitcom or not, it did mean jobs for more actors, as the sitcom introduced new characters in season two.
In total, there were six introductions made in season two, most of which were actors introduced to populate the Valley Hills assisted living facility.
How did the premise of B Positive change?
When B Positive was introduced in 2020, its premise was, “Newly divorced dad Drew faces finding a kidney donor and is at the end of his rope and his hope when he runs into Gina, a rough-around-the edges woman from his past who volunteers her own.”
However, as the season finale concluded and fulfilled the premise, to ensure the longevity of the sitcom, the premise was adapted to focus on the love story of title characters Gina Dabrowski and Drew Dunbar, played by Annaleigh Ashford and Thomas Middleditch, respectively.
It also pivoted to delve deeper into the lives of the residents of Valley Hills.
Who are the new actors on B Positive?
As a result of the change in the premise of B Positive’s season two, the protagonist of the sitcom changed from Thomas Middleditch’s Drew Dunbar to Annaleigh Ashford’s Gina Dabrowski.
The result was that the sitcom focused more on her work at Valley Hills and the elderly residents of the facility. As such, it was announced that a few actors have been promoted to series regulars.
These actors are Gina’s mother figure, Norma, played by Linda Lavin; Drew’s dialysis companion, Jerry, played by David Anthony Higgins; and Drew’s former dialysis nurse, Gideon, played by Darryl Stephens.
Thereafter, it was confirmed that new actors were joining the cast. In total there were six additions, most of which populated Valley Hills as residents. These actors are, Héctor Elizondo, Jane Seymour, Ben Vereen, Celia Weston, and Jim Beaver.
The last addition of new cast members is Anna Maria Horsford, who previously appeared as a recurring special guest in the role of the facility’s administrator. Additional returning cast members include Kether Donohue, Sara Rue, Izzy G., and Terrence Terrell.
Is B Positive season two out?
The second season of the Chuck Lorre-executive produced and created series aired between October 2021 and March 2022, concluding after 16 episodes on CBS. The season concluded with multiple cliffhangers.
The first is whether Gina will be able to tell Drew that she is also in love with him after she missed her chance when he drove off to Alaska for a few months.
Moreover, the fate of the residents of Valley Hills was left in their children’s hands, as their competitor, Golden Horizons, offered steep discounts to try and steal Valley Hills’ residents.
Chuck Lorre on what to expect in B Positive season three
In an interview with TVLine following the conclusion of season two, show creator, Chuck Lorre, shared teasers on what to expect in the unconfirmed third season of B Positive.
Lorre, in part, teased, “There is the hope for a Season 3 exploring a genuine relationship between Gina and Drew. There are [still going to be] life-and-death issues that are inevitable among the residents of Valley Hills… and we also have built in this ongoing, cutthroat competition with Golden Horizons, this threat from a corporate entity.”
He also confirmed working with Ryan Cartwright on the season, who has also worked with Lorre on sitcoms like Mom and The Big Bang Theory and plays Asher on B Positive.
Will there be a B Positive season three?
Considering that B Positive concluded its second season in March 2022, it is alarming that CBS has not confirmed whether the sitcom has been renewed for a third season or not.
Chuck Lorre shared the same sentiments when he gave a noncommittal response of, “If I get caught up in the results, the Nielsen ratings or whatever, and what CBS chooses to do, I’m going to be very unhappy, so I try and stay out of that and just work on making the right choices — each scene, each moment, every piece of dialogue, every storyline, every piece of casting. The results belong to someone else.”
In its second season, B Positive took a risk when it changed its premise, which consequently resulted in a shake-up of its casting. Season one’s recurring cast members were promoted to series regulars and six new characters were introduced to anchor the changes made in the premise.
As a result of the risky change, the matter of whether the sitcom will be renewed for a third season is still unconfirmed. However, fans got to enjoy the new actors in the series, namely, Héctor Elizondo, Jane Seymour, Ben Vereen, Celia Weston, Jim Beaver, and Anna Maria Horsford.