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Pairings Serves Up Seconds

Independent Series Creators Ed Robinson and Jodie Younse team up with the Collective Digital Studios to bring you season 2 of their multi-award winning series.

Los Angeles, CA, July 13, 2014 --( Nerds. Food. Women. That was the tagline of the first season of the serialized food themed dramedy, Pairings. After great success with their first season, San Jose natives, executive producers and co-creators Ed Robinson and Jodie Younse, are back to finish the story of Alan Wallace, an awkward geek who discovers that his cooking talents make him more appealing to the opposite sex. The premise of season 1, that cooking makes a man sexy, is demonstrated with an inappropriate bet that Alan is pressured into by his best friend and brother. Can Alan sleep with eight women in two months simply by cooking for them? Season one is also left with a cliffhanger when we discover that Alan’s sushi chef and confidant is not married, as he had assumed.

“We dropped a bombshell at the end of the first season. We needed to go deeper in season 2,” Robinson states, “In episode 4 of the first season, we discovered the deep pain of the Wallace family. In season 2, Alan recognizes his mistakes from season 1. He has to learn how to move on. He begins the season upset with himself.”

Younse adds, “In season 1, it was important to write strong female characters. We needed to discover what made them strong.” The new season explores Rose’s story and welcomes a new woman into Bobert’s life.

“We wanted to make the show a more ensemble cast,” says Robinson. “We want the show to be about more than just Alan. Bobert (Nathan Mobley) and Rose (Nebula Gu) become very major characters in season 2.”

Pairings second season is indeed about all of the talented cast, which includes returning characters Addie (Shannon Nelson), Steve (David Nett), Drew (Rick Robinson) and Thomas (Paul Yen) and introduces a few new faces, Jo (Paula Rhodes), Kim (Sarah Orr), and Roy (Eddie Kaulukukui.) “We were also so excited to have Richard Hatch (Battlestar Gallactica) guest star as an uncle figure to the Wallace family. It was fun watching Rick [Robinson] (Ed Robinson’s brother and Pairings Director.) He was a big BSG fan growing up and couldn’t quite believe he was directing Captain Apollo.”

Another new addition to this season is cooking FAIL: Bobert’s Vlog, in which the fan favorite character, Bobert Fence, chronicles his culinary disasters and teaches us what not to do in the kitchen.

While the title, Pairings, clearly refers to the relationships on the show as well as the food, it wouldn’t be complete without drink to pair with its meals. This season, The Breuery, a highly respected craft beer brewery in Placentia, has become a sponsor. “They are one of my favorite breweries in the world and are a great fit with the story of Alan and Drew’s dream to take their home brewing to the next level,” says Robinson.

One thing hasn’t changed for Pairings. All of the recipes the characters make on the show are available before the episode airs. Learn how to make traditional Japanese ramen so you don’t get too hungry watching the food porn that has become a hallmark of the show. If you are a board game playing, beer loving, food-centric type of person Pairings is the show for you.

“The coolest part is just being able to make [Pairings season two]. We were able to do it with fan support and being a part of the [web series] community.” Younse admits. “I think it really proves something to be able to do a second season.”

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