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Wendi McLendon-Covey Talks ‘Bridesmaids 2’ Prospects, ‘Rules of Engagement’


Wendi McLendon-Covey, David Spade CBS photo by Ron P. Jaffe

Since the female raunchfest “Bridesmaids” became a runaway hit, can “Bridesmaids 2” be far behind?  “I know there’s talk of it, and I know people would like to see that,” says funny lady Wendi McLendon-Covey.  “But I think Kristin (Wiig) and Annie (Mumalo), the writers, don’t want to do it just to do it.  They don’t want to grab the money and run.  If they do it, they want it to be amazing.”

As far as imitators now in the works?  “I’m sure there’s a rush to put out all kinds of things,” she says of the coming onslaught of female gross-out humor.  “But something ‘Bridesmaids’ had going for it was the casting.  People have called it the female ‘Hangover,’ but I see it more like the female ‘Swingers,'” she says of the 1996 film with real-life friends Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn, Ron Livingston and Patrick Van Horn.  “Putting them all together was like a dream situation.  And that’s how I feel ‘Bridesmaids’ was.  It wasn’t all about the disgusting bridal show scene.  It was the cast, that was lightning in a bottle.  Something clicked,” she says.  The “Bridesmaids” company was full of former members of the Groundlings improv troupe who were friends — including McLendon-Covey, Wiig, Mumalo, Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy.

McLendon-Covey is at the forefront of “Rules of Engagement” viewers’ minds right now, with her Liz character having wound up as the unwanted wife of Russell (David Spade).  “Their being together is just so wrong, it’s right,” opines the actress, who is doing the first five “Rules” episodes of the season, then heading to Canada to film “White Trash Christmas” with Jennifer Love Hewitt.  After that, she will likely return to “Rules.”  The schedule is being worked out now, she says. 

As for what will happen to Russell and Liz, “I only know a little bit of it.  He is just begging for an annulment and I want nothing to do with it.  Then a situation arises where it really is for the best that we do part — but I don’t know if we do it.  Maybe it will end up like, okay, we’re divorced but we can’t stop seeing each other.  I don’t know.”  She does know, “I just had the best time working with him, and I’m so proud of this.  It’s laugh-out-loud, disgustingly funny.”

She also knows that she wants to keep the painting, seen in last week’s episode, in which Liz is naked except for strategically-placed cats.  But, surely such a gem should go to the Smithsonian?  “It’s too good for the Smithsonian,” she replies.  “It belongs on my bathroom wall, or maybe in my closet.”

Patrick Warburton Reconciles Self to Prospect of ‘Rules of Engagement’ Baby

Megyn Price and Patrick Warburton play footsie on "Rules of Engagement" CBS photo

Sounds like Patrick Warburton is reconciling himself to fatherhood on “Rules of Engagement.”  Last season, his series wife Megyn Price let us know that she and Patrick had been fighting the idea of their characters adding a baby – even if by surrogate, as the storyline featuring Jaime Pressly’s character may go.

But now, he notes, “Ultimately, we probably won’t get our way.  You know, I have four beautiful children in my real world, and Megyn has her family.  Isn’t it horrible — two parents fighting not to have a child?  It could add extra dimension to the show.  I guess you get lazy.  We’ve been having so much fun in an adult show.”

As he puts it, “I really look forward to coming to work.  We sit around, eat and drink – not alcohol – and goof around.”

In fact, Warburton stresses that he’s never been happier with the CBS series that will launch its fifth season Sept. 20.   “I always felt really good about certain element of the show – certainly the cast,” he says of the company including Oliver Hudson, Bianca Kajlich and of course, David Spade.  “I thought it would find itself, and it really did last season.  It got sharper.  They sort of cleared out some of the cornier, hokier aspects of the show.  And adding Adhir Kalyan as a series regular, well, as talented and fantastic as David Spade is, to have someone he can play off so well like this really great.  It’s a better, well-balanced cast of six.”

But about that parenthood:  “I’m sure that’s going to be an integral part of what’s going on with Jeff and Audrey,” he says of his and Price’s characters.  And it makes sense, he adds, because “one of the elements that really works on the show is that it’s really relatable.  This couple has been together a long time.  It can play well.”