Beth Behrs fangirled when she met Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

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The Neighborhood | Monday, 8 p.m., CBS

When Beth Behrs wrapped up six seasons on CBS’ “2 Broke Girls,” she didn’t plan to sign for another show at the same network. Then Max Greenfield called her about playing his wife in a new sitcom, “The Neighborhood.” The show, about the Johnsons, Michigan transplants living in an edgy neighborhood, co-stars Cedric the Entertainer and received an early second-season pickup. Behrs, 33, spoke to The Post at New York’s Bowery Hotel.

You worked with Max on the movie “Hello, My Name is Doris.” Can you tell me how this encounter led to you working on “The Neighborhood”?
We loved working together and became friends afterwards. When he called me about doing [the show], it was a no-brainer. There was no shortage of where the story lines could go.


This is the first time you’ve played a mom on TV. Tell me about working with Hank Greenspan, who plays your son Grover.
I call him Daniel Day-Lewis. He is 7 going on 45. Max and I are always saying to each other, “He’s smarter than us. He knows everything about acting already.”

Besides being a sitcom wife, you also play a high-school principal. In what ways has the show explored Gemma’s career?
There was a great episode where she had to fire the gym coach. And he told her: “The only reason they hired you is because you’re a woman.” We also addressed the pay gap, and men and women in the workplace. It’s been my favorite episode that we’ve shot so far. You see Dave and Gemma’s relationship in a deeper way and he supports her.

Didn’t you want some time off before jumping into another series?
I have been doing plays since I was 4 years old. There is nothing like performing in front of a live audience. There’s truly an electricity that only exists in this medium. I grew up watching “The Carol Burnett Show” and “Friends” and I feel so grateful to have been a part of “2 Broke Girls” and “The Neighborhood,” which continue the classic multi-cam format.

I hear you’re a big fan of “Game of Thrones” and met Nikolaj Coster-Waldau on a plane. How’d that go?
I was SO star-struck. “Game of Thrones” is the only show where I have a really hard time separating the real person from the character. I wanted to call him Jaime or Mr. Lannister. And ask why he has two hands all of a sudden.

Beth Behrs in "The Neighborhood" and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in "Game of Thrones."
Beth Behrs in “The Neighborhood” and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in “Game of Thrones.”CBS; HBO

You’re married to Michael Gladis, who played Paul Kinsey, the “Mad Men” copywriter turned Hare Krishna follower. How did you two meet?
We had a mutual friend who was a costume assistant on “Mad Men.” We’ve been together nine years, married for one. We love spending time with horses, in the outdoors, hiking and traveling together. I’ve turned him into a total cowboy.

You became involved in equine therapy as a way to help survivors of sexual assault. How does equine therapy work?
Horses and humans share a similar limbic system — the emotional center of the brain and a contributor to the formation of new memories. The healing dynamic between survivors of sexual trauma and horses provides a foundation from which trust and understanding can emanate. There haven’t been a lot of scientific studies about the impact equine therapy has on PTSD in veterans or children with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault, etc. Rescuing my horse Belle was the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I always say “Who rescued who?” They are truly the most incredible animals.


And here’s what else to watch this week:

Black-ish | Tuesday, 9 p.m., ABC

Dre’s (Anthony Anderson) sister Rhonda (Raven Symone) takes Jack (Miles Brown) and Diane (Marsai Martin) to her part of town and claims they are scared of their own community. With Tracee Ellis Ross and Jenifer Lewison.

1969 | Tuesday, 10 p.m., ABC

Series premiere. A pivotal year in a decade of social upheaval is broken down into six episodes. The show kicks off with a look at the moon landing, spotlighting the unsung women who made it possible. Future hours focus on the Manson murders, Chappaquiddick and Woodstock.

Game of Thrones | Sunday, 9 p.m., HBO

Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) has a frank conversation with Daenerys (Emilia Clarke). Sansa (Sophie Turner) has a heart-to-heart with Dany about Cersei (Lena Headey). With Kit Harington.

Killing Eve | Sunday, 8 p.m., BBC/AMC

Villanelle (Jodie Comer) makes a deal with a former target. Eve (Sandra Oh) reluctantly accompanies Nico (Owen McDonnell) to a school function and realizes she’s being followed. Konstantin (Kim Bodina) tries to persuade Carolyn (Fiona Shaw) to reveal his family’s location. This week’s murder clue: Love on an Elevator.

Riverdale | Wednesday, 8 p.m., The CW

When Jellybean (Trinity Likins) goes missing, Jughead (Cole Sprouse), Gladys (Gina Gershon) and FP (Skeet Ulrich) follow a series of cryptic clues to deliver her back home. Elsewhere, Archie (KJ Apa) faces the fallout from his boxing match.

Veep | 10:30 p.m., HBO

Selina (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and team head to South Carolina, where she seeks an endorsement from a key leader. Gary (Tony Hale) gets a long-awaited promotion. With Clea DuVall.

The Fix | 10 p.m., ABC

Sevvy (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) is due in court but he’s nowhere to be found. The police receive a report that Maya (Robin Tunney) is being stalked.



By Robert Rorke

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