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Podcast Party: Talking 'Backwash,' Jon Hamm, Aaron Sorkin and Twitter with Joshua Malina

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 19th 2010 3:25PM
This week's second 'Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan' podcast welcomes a special guest, actor/writer Joshua Malina.

You loved Malina on 'The West Wing' and 'Sports Night.' You enjoyed him in guest roles on 'House,' 'Psych,' 'In Plain Sight' and dozens of other shows. And, if you're like me, he's made you crack up more than once with his irreverent Twitter feed. I generally don't follow many actors or celebrities, because their Twitter feeds are quite often vapid, self-serving or both, but Malina's Twitter is pretty damn hilarious.

But the main thing Ryan McGee and I asked Malina about is his funny new Web series, 'Backwash,' which you can find here. It's a 13-part series starring Malina, Michael Ian Black and Michael Panes as the least competent bank robbers ever. Each segment is introduced by a different celebrity -- Jon Hamm, Sarah Silverman, Dule Hill, Allison Janney, Mary Lynn Rajskub, John Cho and Fred Willard are among the celebrity narrators. Four segments are up on Crackle now.

Obviously we asked Malina about who was a diva on set and how he bribed these people into appearing in 'Backwash.' And we also asked him what it was like working with Bradley Whitford's mustache on the Dec. 3 episode of 'The Good Guys.'

One of the interesting things I learned from the discussion: Malina didn't think he'd end up as a dramatic actor. He thought he was a comedy guy, but he keeps getting cast in serious roles. One reason he wrote 'Backwash' was to have some fun doing comedy with actors he likes.

All in all, we had a lot of fun talking to Malina about what it was like to make a Web series, what it's been like working in the entertainment industry for 20 years, and why Jon Hamm likes cleaning things.

As usual, you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or if you're not an iTunes fan, you can listen to the podcasts or grab the MP3 files on this site.

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I was really looking forward to watching this show, but it appears to only be available in the states. Super frustrating that a web series is less available than a broadcast network show.

November 19 2010 at 4:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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I agree, and it's not like it'll be sold internationally like a TV show, or even distributed through less... legal means, so probably by the time anyone outside of the US ever gets to see it, we'll have forgotten about its existence entirely.

November 22 2010 at 6:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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