Join or Sign In

Sign in to customize your TV listings

Continue with Facebook Continue with email

By joining TV Guide, you agree to our Terms of Use and acknowledge the data practices in our Privacy Policy.

Big Shots' Joshua Malina on the Show's Future

With production halted on Big Shots (tonight at 10 pm/ET, ABC) by the writers' strike, the penultimate episode airs tonight. Which makes it a good time to assess the series with one of its four leads, Joshua Malina, who's been busy in ways that would be alien to the hapless Karl — "arguably the jerkiest" of the series' four tycoons, admits Malina. The father of two has been preoccupied with "field trips, class plays and being in total daddy mode." TV Guide: So will Big Shots be renewed?Joshua Malina: 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 jer

N.F. Mendoza

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?
Joshua Malina:
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?
Malina:
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.
Malina:
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....
Malina:
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.
Malina:
[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!

Check out Joshua Malina having some Big Shots moments in our Online Video Guide.

Get the Ultimate 2008 Sci-Fi Preview in the new issue of TV Guide, on newsstands now. Plus: More on Terminator: The Sarah Connor ChroniclesTry four risk-free issues of TV Guide now!

Send your comments on this Q&A to letters@tvguide.com.