The trial of Logan's father for the murder of Lilly Kane on UPN's Veronica Mars (Wednesdays at 9 pm/ET) sure seems open-and-shut. So why can't we seem to shake what Daddy Far-From-Dearest said to his son during their Nov. 9 jailhouse heart-to-heart? Is there more to the show's original mystery than meets the eye? Aaron's portrayer, L.A. Law alum Harry Hamlin, talked to TVGuide.com about that, his Dancing wife and showing the funny to Adam Sandler.
TVGuide.com: Has the whole Veronica Mars gig turned out to be as fun as you hoped it would?
Harry Hamlin: I actually had no hopes going into it, but it turned out to be really great. I'm not doing that much right now but am probably going to be doing more in the first and second quarter [of the new year].
TVGuide.com: When we last saw Aaron, he suggested to Logan that what happened between him and Lilly wasn't necessarily as it appeared. Was he simply trying to save face with his kid, or do you think there's something to what he said?
Hamlin: It's hard to say. I don't know where the writers are going with this exactly. They wanted it to seem as if that was all buttoned up last year, but in actual fact, there's no real evidence that I actually killed her. There's a scene where you see me whacking Lilly with an ashtray, but that's her vision of what happened; it wasn't an actual re-creation of the event. There's no question that I slept with her and videotaped it, but beyond that, a trial will have to figure out whether I was actually guilty [of murder]. Knowing the way celebrity trials go, there's a good chance I'll be walking the street.
TVGuide.com: Is that the next time we'll see you? In courtroom scenes?
Hamlin: Well, there is going to be a trial.
TVGuide.com: In his latest Q&A with fans, Mars creator Rob Thomas said there are no plans for your real-life wife, Lisa Rinna, to come back as Aaron's wife, Lynn. Although she supposedly killed herself, do you both hold on to the hope that her character's still alive out there?
Hamlin: I did speak to the president of the network, Dawn Ostroff, last season, and all she said to me was, "They never found the body." So, there you go.
TVGuide.com: Speaking of Lisa, I see she's going to be on Dancing with the Stars 2. How is she on the dance floor?
Hamlin: She knows how to boogie! But this Dancing with the Stars thing, it's ballroom dancing, isn't it?
Hamlin: Well, that's not exactly boogying. [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: Are there any plans for L.A. Law's 20th anniversary next September?
Hamlin: Oh, my god....
TVGuide.com: You didn't realize it's been that long?
Hamlin: No. Do I have plans? You mean, like, for a party?
TVGuide.com: No, maybe a DVD with cast members' commentary. Have you been approached about anything like that?
Hamlin: No, but that's a really good idea. It's a perfect show for DVD.
TVGuide.com: I must imagine you have some colorful anecdotes about stuff that was going on during taping.
Hamlin: There were a lot of things going on, yeah. Every show has those. But we got along really well as a cast. There were no tabloidesque stories about what went on behind the scenes.
TVGuide.com: I saw a press screening and it's excellent.
Hamlin: It's a different time now. [The subject matter of male homosexuality] can be received in an entirely different way than [the gay romance in Making Love] was. None of [the cast] had a very good reception following the opening of that movie.
TVGuide.com: Being a Kate Jackson-Charlie's Angels fan at the time, I remember the media coverage, and it was a tricky sell.
Hamlin: It was pretty tricky. It's taken me a while to get back to doing a studio feature. I'm doing one now, but I had a 22-year hiatus.
TVGuide.com: You have an adult son, but let's talk about the two daughters you have with Lisa. It's often said that there's nothing like the love between a girl and her daddy. Have you found that to be true?
Hamlin: It was a great experience raising a son, and the daughter thing — that's a unique relationship. I'm so pleased that I have that going on right now.
TVGuide.com: What is your favorite thing to do with Delilah, 7, and Amelia, 4?
Hamlin: Having me put them to bed is essential. I'd say that's their favorite thing. But also, in the summer we like to catch frogs together. We go to a place in Canada that's very rustic.
TVGuide.com: You mentioned a feature film. What can you tell us about it?
Hamlin: It's called Strange Wilderness, and it's a Happy Madison film, from [Adam] Sandler's [production] company. It's really funny. It's still filming.
TVGuide.com: What's the bullet? Who do you play?
Hamlin: Strange Wilderness is the title of a struggling nature show on television hosted by Steve Zahn, who has taken over the reins after his father died and is trying to make this show work. But he's really kind of a stoner-slacker, so it's hard for him to get any traction in ratings. I play a guy name Sky, who is his rival. I have a nature show that's very successful on another network, and I'm trying to put him out of business.
TVGuide.com: Is Adam Sandler hands-on as a producer?
Hamlin: I haven't seen him yet on the set, but I know he's watching all the dailies.
TVGuide.com: It sounds like a great opportunity for you, because you know, being a Happy Madison release, it's going to get a lot of play.
Hamlin: I love comedy, and I rarely get a chance to do it. Every time I get the chance to do it, I scoop it up.
TVGuide.com: Is there any special something that you are bringing to your character to make him unique or a little bit absurd?
Hamlin: Well, you'll just have to wait and see!