Nathan Lane delighted the 2014 TCA summer press tour during the PBS presentations, promoting his upcoming “Live from Lincoln Center” performance of “The Nance,” the 2013 play by Douglas Carter Beane.
But in addition to speaking about the play for which Lane received a Tony nomination, he also spoke about the two popular television shows he frequently pops up on as a guest star, “The Good Wife” and “Modern Family.”
Unfortunately, “Good Wife” fans probably won’t see Lane’s Clarke Hayden in Season 6.
“I’m not going to be able to do it this season,” says Lane. “Maybe I could squeeze one [episode] in at some point, but I’m going to be in
rehearsal and then in performances of a Terrence McNally play, so I
don’t know. … I’ve had such a great time there. We’ll see, if time permits.”
Lane also says that he thinks Hayden is fully on board with Diane Lockhart’s (Christine Baranski) coming to Florrick, Agos & Associates, mostly because “certainly he’s interested in helping them financially get on their feet,” and also that they cut Lane’s favorite part from the Season 5 finale.
“They cut my favorite thing of the episode, which is at the end when [Diane] said, ‘I’m gonna come here and I’m gonna bring $38 million dollars’ [they cut when] Clarke says, ‘Well that’s a surprise.'” Lane tells Zap2it.
The veteran stage actor also says that he loves “the diversity of going from ‘The Good Wife’ to something like ‘Modern Family,'” and he reveals his idea for a “Modern Family” spinoff.
I enjoyed this season [of ‘Modern Family’] because first of all, I found out what [Pepper] did for a living, which I never knew, nobody ever told me [he’s an] event planner,” says Lane. “And they gave him a partner, Ronaldo, played by this wonderful actor Christian Barillas, who is so funny and talented. So that’s been a wonderful thing.
“And you know, where it goes, I don’t know. I don’t know if we’ll ever see that spinoff ‘A Dash of Pepper,’ but now at least he’s got a living, he’s got a husband. I think we could do something … Look, it’s worth a lunch, isn’t it? [laughs] It’s [creator Christopher Lloyd] who created Pepper
Saltzman, so he would have to say it’s a good idea. But I’d be happy to
discuss it, I think it could be fun. They seem to have given some of the
ingredients for [a spinoff] in the last season, but who knows?”
“Live from Lincoln Center’s” broadcast of Lane in “The Nance” premieres Friday, Oct. 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on PBS.