Debra Messing debuts Monday (Feb. 6) in NBC’s musical drama series “Smash”; Sean Hayes is an executive producer of “Grimm” and starring in an NBC comedy pilot; Eric McCormack returns to Broadway next month in a revival of the Gore Vidal political drama “The Best Man”; and Mullally joins the FOX comedy “Breaking In” when it starts its second season Tuesday, March 6.
“Well, you know, it’s a very talented group,” two-time Emmy recipient Mullally tells Zap2it. “Everybody came from the theater, and that was part of the reason the show worked so well. It was good casting. We all had a great education on that show for eight years, working with pristine scripts and also working with [director] Jim Burrows on every episode. We might have all been pretty good to begin with, but we came out a lot better.”
And easily as active, certainly in Mullally’s case: She also stars in Adult Swim’s “Childrens Hospital” and has guested this season on ABC’s “Happy Endings” and NBC’s “Up All Night.” She’s providing several voices for “Bob’s Burgers,” which begins Season 2 on FOX in March. Mullally has also worked a lot with husband Nick Offerman lately.
That’s not only as one of the Tammys who are Ron Swanson’s ex-wives on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” but also in several movies including “Smashed,” which was well-received at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Mullally doesn’t know whether Offerman will have time to join her in a guest shot on “Breaking In,” but she clearly wouldn’t mind it.
“I think that with every project I do, they’re secretly hoping they can also get Nick,” she muses. “And I don’t want to flatter myself, but I think that it also might hold true the other way around. We have done an inordinate amount of things together recently. ‘Smashed’ is such a good movie. I was so excited, because I’ve never been in a good movie!
“Actually, ‘About Last Night … ‘ was good, and ‘Anywhere But Here’ wasn’t horrible,” she adds. “And I did a movie a long time ago that was at Sundance, ‘Everything Put Together,’ which was one of the first films directed by Marc Forster. But ‘Smashed’ is really good, and Nick and I were so excited to see it. We cried at the end. We’re really sappy, but I was just so glad to be in a good movie, I was hysterically sobbing.”