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Megan Mullally gabs about her new talk show

by Jen Creer, posted Sep 6th 2006 4:22PM
Megan MullallyWhen my friend Kathy Howe heard I was going to participate in a conference call with Megan Mullally today, she said, "OMG, tell her I LOVE her and want to MARRY her!" So, Megan, if you are reading this, now you know. I did not have the chance to ask Megan any questions during today's conference call (though I did try!), but I did get to listen to all of the other questions and responses. So, here is an overview of the conference call about NBC's forthcoming The Megan Mullally Show.

Mullally, who just won an Emmy for her portrayal of Karen on NBC's longrunning series Will and Grace, will debut her new talk show on September 18. Check your local listings for a time -- one caller today from Buffalo, New York, noted a 10 a.m. time slot.

It is interesting to note that the show will appear during the day, as Mullally plans to emulate more of a late night talk show. Her inspirations run from Johnny Carson and Merv Griffin to Dick Cavett and Michael Douglas. She is also a huge fan of variety shows like the Carol Burnett Show, Laugh In, and Flip Wilson -- I remember those shows, but I am in my late thirties, so some of you might not. Mullally also revealed today (which was news to me) that she is 48 years old. This was in response to whether or not she will join Conan O'Brien and David Letterman in having children "from behind the desk."

Mullally will incorporate variety show elements and sketches into her show's format, along with interviews. Will Farrell will be her first guest. When asked about her dream interview, she reported that she will actually have her dream guest on during the first week but she can't even talk about it right now. Hmmm ... that could be interesting. She was pretty excited about Will Farrell, and Debra Messing will join her during the second week.

She doesn't have a sidekick, but she will have a band leader with whom she can joke and interact (my question was whether she planned to have her own Paul Schaffer or Andy Richter with her). She would eventually like to have a troupe of actors to perform sketches with, but in the meantime, they have temporary players, and celebrity guests will participate. Like her very own Saturday Night Live (my words, not hers).

She said she has received tremendous support from other celebrities. Jay Leno said the first two minutes of the show are the most important. One interviewer heard that as the first ten minutes, but I swear I heard two. I think it's safe to say that the first two to ten minutes of the show are important. Conan O'Brien told her to be herself. She and Rosie have exchanged good wishes, and Rosie wrote a nice blog. Ellen has been supportive, too. As for her morning spot competition, Mullally was very gracious and said that she thought -- and maybe it was naive (her words) -- that there was room for everyone. And that they were focusing on doing their own thing, and not what the others were doing.

The most interesting part of the interview for me was when she said that a lot of actors really love being interviewed by Conan O'Brien. If a guest goes down the wrong road, Conan will take the hit and turn a joke on himself. He is very self-deprecating and actors feel very taken care of by Conan.

It will be interesting to check out her new show. If she can pull off what Carol Burnett did, I think she might very well have something.

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Interesting point about Conan. I've always felt like Letterman can be a bit hard on his guests (to the point of repeatedly mocking their show after obviously never having seen it, in Gillian Anderson's case), but I never realized how much Conan does turn a lot of the heat back on himself. Hmm.

Can't say I'm ever around to see daytime talk shows, unfortunately, so I guess I'll be missing out on Megan's show...

September 06 2006 at 6:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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