No hard feel­ings for man at work

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MEN At Work cre­ator Breckin Meyer’s close friend­ship with his lead­ing man Danny Master­son proves he doesn’t hold grudges. The two have been mates ever since they crossed paths more than 20 years ago while au­di­tion­ing for the same role on de­funct US TV se­ries Joe’s Life.

Meyer was cast for the se­ries and Master­son missed out but that changed af­ter the pi­lot for Joe’s Life was filmed.

‘‘They de­cided to re­place him af­ter the pi­lot and fired him and hired me,’’ Master­son says. ‘‘I love rub­bing that in his face, but it’s true.’’

Meyer’s com­edy se­ries Men At Work is based around one of his own failed re­la­tion­ships and he called on Master­son, who played Steven Hyde in That ’70s Show, to be the cen­tral char­ac­ter, Milo Fos­ter.

Milo is one of four friends who work for a mag­a­zine, and af­ter he is dumped by his girl­friend, his friends Neal (the sen­si­tive one), Tyler (the witty one), and Gibbs (the wom­an­iser) rally around to of­fer their guid­ance.

Meyer and Master­son had worked to­gether once be­fore, on the stop-mo­tion clay­ma­tion se­ries Ro­bot Chicken. Meyer’s of­fer was timely.

Af­ter That ’70s Show ended in 2006, Master­son was in a hold­ing pat­tern on a po­ten­tial new se­ries for Com­edy Cen­tral on US cable TV when Meyer called.

‘‘About 2009 I started do­ing pi­lots for Play­ing With Guns and we shot two pi­lots over two years,’’ Master­son ex­plains.

‘‘They wanted to shoot a third pi­lot be­cause they kept re­cast­ing my co-star and I de­cided I didn’t want to do it any more – that was the same week that Breckin called.

‘‘I could have been on air two years ear­lier but I am glad it worked out this way be­cause I re­ally en­joy this show . . . and I love hav­ing him as a boss.’’

The first sea­son of Men At Work is air­ing on Chan­nel 7 and re­gional af­fil­i­ate Prime7.

– DAR­REN CARTWRIGHT

Men at Work: Wed­nes­days, 9.30pm, Seven, Prime7.

Danny Master­son

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