With production halted on Big Shots(tonight at 10 pm/ET, ABC)by the writers' strike, thepenultimate episode airs tonight. Whichmakes it a good time to assess the series withone of its four leads, Joshua Malina, who'sbeen busy in ways that would be alien to thehapless Karl — "arguably the jerkiest" ofthe series' four tycoons, admits Malina.The father of two has been preoccupiedwith "field trips, class plays and being intotal daddy mode."
TV Guide: So will Big Shots be renewed?
It's a hot topic among the four of us. I'm doing an ABC promo shoot. I take that as hopeful. We're having so much fun together, it would be a shame to end. If I'm going to work, I'm going to laugh.
TV Guide: Do people complain about how jerky these guys are?
They don'tget it.... The show isreally about how havingthings — fancy carsand tons of money — doesn't bring you happiness.You have threerich, powerful, good-lookingguys — at leastthe other three are — who strive to repair theirbroken emotional, personallives.... [Karl] has regrets; he's made a terrible mistake. He's bad ateverything: He's short, unfunny, cheap, badin bed and unfaithful. I enjoy playing him, butwhy those other guys want to hang out withhim, I'm not sure.
TV Guide: But you really like each other.
On a good day, we deal with each other on a seventh-grade level. But really, on an average day, we're at about a fifth-grade level.
TV Guide: You're on your sixth season of [producing] Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown....
I've been playing for20 years with various poker [groups]:Hank Azaria's, Aaron Sorkin's....
TV Guide: You were in Sports Night, West Wing — everything Sorkin's done for TV except Studio 60. We hear you saved his life.
[Laughs] In 1989, I was in[Sorkin's] A Few GoodMen on Broadway, andwe were in a bowlingleague. He bought abig tray of hamburgers,ate one and choked....I did the Heimlich,without any finesse.I cracked three ribs.Some say that's whyhe always casts me,but I hope not!
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