Mullally described 'Childrens Hospital' as "an absurdist satire" of one-hour medical shows, "where all the beautiful doctors are like, having sex in the supply closet." Chief is one of those doctors. "She's super gross," said Mullally. "And she's supposed to be. She's super gross but everybody wants her, is the joke." That includes, she said, "men, women, everybody."
The freeing part? "It takes me like ten minutes to get ready," she said. "I wear no makeup, I have a traveling mole, I walk on a walker, I have a hunchback, and I wear a man's wig that I bought on Hollywood Boulevard." She sounds pretty sweet to us.
You know that lady on 'Party Down' with short hair and pink glasses that just seems to earnest for her own good? That's Megan Mullally as Lydia, a Midwestern mom who moves to Hollywood to pursue her daughter's dreams of stardom and she's the latest edition to the band of misfits on 'Party Down' (Fri., 10PM ET on Starz).
Mullally's seasoned comedic chops are nourished by her co-stars Adam Scott, Ryan Hansen, Martin Starr and Ken Marino, whose behind-the-scenes pranks of leaving little gifts behind in trailer toilets feed into the insanity of the show.
The actress who may be best known as the bodacious Karen Walker on 'Will & Grace,' chatted with TV Squad to talk about her new role on one of the most critically-acclaimed, ratings-challenged shows, 'Karen: The Musical,' Children's Hospital' and a sing-off with 'Party Down' alumna Jane Lynch.
What is your role on 'Party Down'?
It's my new favorite show. I'm playing a dorky screwball caterer Lydia in the company called Party Down. [She] is this clueless, bright eyed and bushy tailed woman from the Midwest who comes to Hollywood with her 12 year-old daughter Escapade who is going to be a star. This season we're catering backstage at a def-metal concert and we're catering an orgy. I have a crush on every person in that show including Lizzy Caplan. I would literally make out with any of those people although that would be kind of disgusting because three of them are in their 20s and I'm 51!
(S2E01) Lydia: "Me and Escapade left him back in Wapato." Casey: "Escapade? That's your ... car?" Lydia: "My daughter, the future star."
It's hard watching 'Party Down' knowing that this show will likely not be back for a third season. But, set aside all the casting news -- virtually all of the cast is committed to new pilots and series star Adam Scott is going to 'Parks and Recreation' -- and 'Party Down' is just as enjoyable as it was last season. The writing remains sharp and quick, while the sardonic wit that makes this show so special continues to flourish.
The season 2 premiere finds the caterers backstage at a concert of the fictional rocker Jackal Onassis (Jimmi Simpson). Henry (Adam Scott) has been promoted to team leader and Ron (Ken Marino) is no longer with the team, but runs into them at the concert. Kyle (Ryan Hansen) and Roman (Martin Starr) are still there, not finding much success in their careers yet.
More casting news after the jump.
Season one star Jane Lynch has moved on with her scene-stealing turn on 'Glee,' but the new season of 'Party Down' doesn't miss a hilarious, naughty, Hollywood-spoofin' beat, thanks to the addition of 'Will & Grace' alum Megan Mullally as the newest member of the catering staff. Mullally is Lydia, a newly-divorced mom who has moved to Los Angeles to help her daughter -- Escapade -- become the next big kid star. She's also on the hunt for a new hubby (preferably a rich one) so she can be a stay-at-home mom/Escapade's manager, full-time. As for the rest of the crew, Henry is now the team leader (a very stressed-out team leader), Ron and Casey both make surprise appearances and Roman gets to live out his rock fantasies in the premiere, when he switches places with hard-partyin' rocker Jackal Onassis while the Party Down gang is catering Jackal's backstage soiree.
Mullally, the two-time 'Will & Grace' Emmy winner, joins the Party Down catering crew -- as Lydia Dunfree, a recently-divorced mom who has moved to Los Angeles so her daughter, Escapade, can become the next big kid star. Yes, that's right, Escapade ... sounds like something Mullally's Karen Walker would name her kid.
And speaking of the scene-stealing 'Will & Grace' character, Mullally will also soon bring her iconic TV alter ego to theater stages. 'Karen: The Musical' is currently in development, and Mullally talked to AOL TV about Karen's return to pop culture (and the Karen spin-off series that could have been), her 'Party' days, her gig as the I Can't Believe It's Not Butter spokeswoman, guest-starring with hilarious hubby Nick Offerman on 'Parks and Recreation' and which 'Saturday Night Live' star she helped discover.
The party is just beginning for 'Party Down,' the clever comedy about a crew of misfit caterers now entering into it's second season on the Starz Network. Star Adam Scott, as Henry Pollard, is only too happy to dust off his pink bow-tie and keep the party going. Not only has Henry been promoted to team leader of the Party Down catering crew, Scott himself has become one series' producers.
Scott says the catering escapades backstage at a def-metal concert, at an orgy, and Steve Guttenberg's birthday party are even richer with the newest hire of Megan Mullally. Mullally is joining the staff for the departing Jane Lynch, who is now starring in 'Glee.' In an exclusive interview from his kid's gymnastics class, Scott talks about the odd jobs he's had in the food service industry, who supported him with his acting dreams, and what's in store for the new season.
"Just missed showing the wood," Roker said, after viewing the naked photo.
"I'm sorry," Ann Curry apologized. "The show was fine until that moment."
Watch the video after the jump.
Sometimes, drug abuse on TV is used to teach the audience a lesson, while other times writers have characters develop an addiction as a way of making them more human in a flawed sense.
One of the most recent drug abusers comes to us in the form of Edie Falco's title character on 'Nurse Jackie.' The medical drama is back with a vengeance (Mon., March 22 10PM on Showtime), and to celebrate the return of our favorite no-nonsense RN, we're taking a look at TV's other famous pill-popping characters we've come to love (despite their issues) over the years.
We're not endorsing drug abuse of any kind, but it's a fact of life for some people, including these TV characters.
Find out who made our list after the jump.
I have to admit, when I first saw the commercial, I was stunned. It was the strangest margarine ad since William Shatner's classic Promise spots. But the more I've seen of Megan's disco-inspired musical extravaganza for I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, the more I think that the whole thing is hilarious. Megan, in my estimation, has her tongue firmly in cheek.
Since Lucille Ball, television has been a bastion of funny ladies, and the '00s were no exception. Like Lucy, many of the women on this list played second fiddle to no one. And those that weren't the stars of their own shows managed to steal the scene anyway the moment they got in front of the camera.
The '00s will probably go down in television history as one of those decades where the sitcom sputtered and almost died -- again! But it's alive and well now, with an amazing turn-around in 2009. But, as this list proves, it was never truly in danger. Throughout the decade these women provided plenty of laughs in both the hour and half-hour formats, proving that as long as we want to laugh, there will be brilliant actresses around to crack us up.
Here's our list of the top funny ladies of the decade:
(S02E08) All I'm saying is that it's about time someone took down those smug bastards in the library system. What, with their providing citizens with books and resources for free and their stupid desire to turn abandoned lots into more branches where they can sling their literacy propaganda at an unsuspecting populace. Disgusting.
I loved seeing Megan Mullally on primetime again. After the disastrous In the Motherhood (of which she was by far the best part), it's great to see her in a show I actually enjoy. As Tammy, she gives further credence to the theory that Leslie Knope isn't actually crazy: City government in Pawnee, Indiana really is as dog-eat-dog and cut-throat as she seems to think it is.
Mullally is replacing Jane Lynch, whose role as Sue Sylvester on Glee has been bumped up from recurring character to series regular. She plays "Lydia Dunfree, who leaves her small town and her failed marriage to help her 13-year-old daughter Escapade achieve her dream of becoming an actress. In addition to working as a cater-waiter for Party Down, Lydia is looking for Mr. Right."
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