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TV’s Marathon Man

He went straight from Scrubs to The Middle to Abby’s (Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. on NBC). Neil Flynn, 58, reflects on working 18 consecutive years on network comedies.

IN THE FIRST EPISODE OF ABBY’S, Neil Flynn’s character, Fred, boasts that he’s been at the show’s titular bar every night for the past three years. “You’re the Cal Ripken of low-grade alcoholism,” cracks Abby (Natalie Morales). Whether it was accidental or not, the reference to Ripken—who played 2,632 consecutive Major League Baseball games—serves as a fitting tip of the hat to Flynn,

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