Jessica Walter and George Segal Having a Blast on Upcoming ‘Retired at 35’ TV Land Series

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Jessica Walter reports that she and George Segal are having a blast shooting their forthcoming “Retired at 35” comedy.  The second TV Land original series, it will be paired with the oh-so-hot “Hot In Cleveland” come January.

“Initally, they offered me a guest-starring role as George Segal’s wife, who leaves him.  I hoped I’d get back on for an episode or two.  But then they came back to me and I”m going to be in all shows produced,” says the  actress, who lets us know her new character is not as mean as such well-known Walter women as “Arrested Development’s” Lucille Bluth.

“Retired at 35” has a New York professional man (Johnathan McClain) becoming so charmed by his parents’ upscale retirement community in Florida, he decides to quit the rat race and move in with them.    “Now he’s also dealing with the separation of Mom and Dad, which ups the stakes a little,” says Jessica.

Her and Segal’s interplay as long-time spouses is helped by their long-time friendship.    “I first worked with my Georgie Segal in ‘Bye Bye Braverman,’ a movie with Sidney Lumet directing, that came out in — are you sitting down? — 1968,” she notes with a laugh.  Also, Jessica’s husband, Ron Leibman, has worked with Segal on such productions as “Where’s Poppa?” “The Hot Rock” and assorted television shows.  Jessica played Segal’s ex-wife on his “Just Shoot Me” series as well.

“We bring a history to this,” she points out.  “It’s funny because I threw a little birthday party for my husband recently and of course George Segal was there.  At one point George and I were sitting on the couch, and we have this interesting relationship where he’ll kid me, and I’ll kid right back.  My husband watched us, and then said, ‘This is the show, right here on the couch.'”

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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

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