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meimichan wrote in tim_o_fans
Interview with Tim Omundson and Maggie Lawson.

Tim: Hi, everybody.

Panel: Hi.

Tim: I suppose you're wondering why I've called you all here. There's been some—well, it's a downward economic turn, and I'm afraid we'll have to let you all go. Kidding. I can't fire any of you.

Panel: I hear that you're the first person on set to break character, who makes it hard to keep a straight face.

Tim: First of all, that's a lie. There's no children in the room, right?

Panel: No, just reporters. Lots of reporters.

Tim: I wish it were true. It is absolutely true. What was the second part of the question?

Panel: Who makes it the hardest to keep a straight face?

Tim: James, normally. I mean, Dule knocks me out, but I just find him so funny, and our—we have the same twisted sense of humor, which you wouldn't necessarily get from last year. But me, he just cracks me up. I just find him hilarious. Dule, not so much. [I'm kidding].

No, you see it's just—and it's tough, because Lassiter has no sense of humor and never cracks a smile, really. And so I—there's no leeway for Lassiter to at all enjoy what Shawn does, but on the inside—that's why I always say I'm the best actor on the show, because I'm constantly covering wanting to giggle like a girl.

There are a few moments where Lassiter, or Lassiter's sense of humor likes to come out. It tends to be tensely inappropriate times, and he's always pleased as punch with himself. We did something in Scary Sherry, that never made it to air, that just delighted James to no end, where Lassiter says some quip and then is so pleased, he just gets this big Cheshire Cat grin. It's the first time I've ever seen it, and that just—that's something that James always liked, so I'll throw this one in.

Panel: I was going to ask if the sense of humor on the set is—like, does the show—is it different on every show or every set? Like, is the—or is it always—is there always a sense of humor, or are some sets completely, like fun—

Tim: You mean episode, or different jobs?

Panel: No, different jobs.

Tim: Oh, it's as unique as the individuals that you're in the room with. We just kind of got lightning in a bottle on this show where it's like you have this group of actors, all of whom, especially me, are really funny. And I always say we have very different senses of humor. We find different things funny, but I think we come from the same foundation of funny, if that makes any sense. And we all—we all appreciate the same kinds of humor.

I think Maggie would like a little less crass humor. There are a lot of boys on this set. We try and keep it in line and not let it get too blue, but every now and then, we'll forget Maggie's there. You're talking…she'll just walk up and go, “A lot of boys on this set. A lot of boys,” and then walk away. Maggie loves to—James will do something that could never possibly make it to air, and she'll just go, “That's my boyfriend.”

So yeah, it's certainly the funniest set I've ever been on. But then, when I did Judging Amy, which was not a show full of yucks unless you like child abuse, it got to the point where Tyne Daly and I worked so closely, got to know each other so well. And after, you know, 70 episodes and the subject matter being so deadly serious, we just tried to figure out how to make each other laugh. So we—and that sort of—you got to see that in the characters. Like, those two characters of Sean Potter and Maxine really grew to sort of—I know we're not here to talk about all my career, but our relationship as people really grew. The characters really—it was all like this. That's—I'm not—you can't see this if you're writing for TV. I mean, if you're writing for radio. But they inform each other. And Deadwood, not so funny.

Panel: The biggest laughs backstage on serious shows. Likely that's where—because you need that catharsis.

Tim: Absolutely, yeah.

Panel: All right. And if I could slide in another question, well, I guess I would say, also, just—we've seen kind of Lassiter being frustrated in his social life. So I would like to see, maybe, a little bit more of Lassiter possibly dating and, of course, possibly having. But I would love to see, like, Lassiter dating.

Tim: I would, too. Maggie has pitched, many times, that she signs him up on Match.com, and becomes his sort of—his love guide of trying to get him into that. I mean, we've touched on that a little bit. There hasn't really been any Lassiter relationship stuff since the break-up of his marriage, which is okay. I mean, Maggie has sort of become his surrogate—well, not social life, but she's really the only other human being he speaks to, I think. You know, other than the guy who clocks him in at the gun range.

So it—you know, we got to see a little bit of it in--which one? In, I think, A Very Juliet Episode, where he becomes her love counselor with the—you know, the Grease stuff. And I loved playing that, because then that came out of nowhere for him to be the one that she goes to, and you see this weird sensitive side, just these non-sequiturs like, “Wait, who was that that just—oh, that was Lassiter?” And then kind of never touched on it again. So we'll see what happens.

[Lucy] be quiet. I'm talking to the reporters!

Panel: And here's another one. Now that you've danced on Psych, can we expect to see you on Dancing With the Stars one season?

Tim: Okay, now here's the deal. I really cannot dance to anything written after 1960. So you give me a meringue, you give me a nice waltz or a box step, I will tear that up, because I came from a large Irish-Norwegian-Slovak family. But all the Slovaks are still pretty much in Washington, so I've been going to these family reunions since I was four, and I think I learned how to polka when I was four and a half. It's all pretty much—all dance is based on the polka. There's very small variations, but I don't know. Dancing With the Stars hasn't called yet.

Panel: Will we get to see more of the list of people that piss you off in the next part of the season.

Tim: How can they not? I mean that—you—that is going to be comedic gold. That's certainly got to be a go-to list. It's just always on my desk.

Panel: Are you putting actual names on there, or is someone—

Tim: There were a lot of actual names on there.

Panel: I've seen a few of them.

Tim: Yeah, if you—and I'm sure it's—you know, the lawyers at NBC are going to go, “He what?” I see—a friend of mine is an NBC lawyer, and we were talking about, “Hey, remember when I used to blog on this show, back in the day?”

Panel: Now, what is your favorite thing you've done as Lassiter?

Tim: There's too many to list. There really are. And, again, because it's so varied, it's such a wide spectrum of things I've gotten to play. Like, you know, you play this tight-ass cop like, you know, supercop. He's supercop. Like I said, you don't think you're ever going to get to do anything else within that show, but I've gotten to do so much other stuff. One episode, it's pure goofy, silly. One episode, it's bad-ass action, my head. And another it's—you know, it's just drama. You know, I can't think of any one episode that's been my favorite because they all sort of become my favorite, and then I read the next one and that becomes my favorite, and I read the next one.

You know, I can't tell you which is the best—like, there's no way we can top season two, and then we do season three. Like, there's—forget it. We're done. We've jumped the shark. It's going down.” Holy , this is the best season ever.” And it doesn't normally work that way. It goes the other way. The writing—you know, you tend to shed writers, certainly after, like, five episodes in a season, all the original writers are gone on any other show. Not this. It's like they're all sticking around, they're all still having fun. They're all still able to really be creative, and the characters are still growing. It just doesn't normally happen that way. It's one of the greatest gigs on TV.

Panel: Maggie commented on the relationship between Lassiter and—

Tim: First of all, Maggie's a liar, whatever she says.

Panel: She said you were awesome. But she made a comment about when she—at the end of last season, when Juliet has her breakdown, that she was really happy that Lassiter was the one that was there for her, and not Shawn. And the comment I wrote down was that the characters had earned this.

Tim: And we—that's a phrase we used while shooting that. Like, because [you could have got Shawn]. That would have been really easy. But for—the hard thing is for that from season one, Lassiter, to be the guy who comes in and sort of takes care of her. That was real—that was one of the most satisfying moments to get to play.

Anyway, that was a really—that was a, you know, a beautiful day at work. And the song that played over that montage was a beautiful song.

Panel: Band of Horses.

Tim: Band of Horses. I go to [the bed shed] because. Just gorgeous. And they played that on set while it's going on, which is—it was just a really lovely, emotional, sweet, sweet day. Yeah. And whoever would have thought if you watch, you know, season one that those two characters would be safe enough with each other to go there. It was great. Plus, it's like, you know, that's what happens with cops, and that's what happens with partners and people, you know, in real life, so I'm glad they addressed that. I wish they'd address it more.

Panel: Now, we've seen Juliet go undercover. Are we ever going to see Lassiter go undercover, and as what?

Tim: I think Lassiter should go undercover as a drug lord. You know, I keep saying that, well, I'm raring to go. They—I think they feel that Lassiter—they've written in that Lassiter had a few bad experiences undercover. Perhaps he lost his temper and blew his cover. But the second this show is over, I grow a beard. I always do, because I get bored with what I look like. So I'll grow this massive beard and grow my hair out. My rule is, pretty much, I won't cut it until someone pays me to cut it. So if—or my wife threatens to take the kids. So depending on how good my hiatus is going, I could have a pretty long beard. And I keep saying, “I will come back for season one with a beard down to here, if you want.” And I always thought it would be a great time to—we'll just do, like, one scene of him just post—you know, doing a sort of narc. And then we'll, you know, shave it off. They haven't taken me up on it yet.

*end of interview*

And since he brought his dog Lucy... ^_^ I'm almost positive this picture was taken the same day as the interview actually.


Picture's kinda large, it's behind the cut now. =P

In semi-off topic news, I am really sorry for the total lack of updates. My personal life has taken one huge slam after the other and I just haven't had the time or motivation in some cases to keep up over here. I do have some pictures I got from friends who went to Comic Con but if anyone else here went and wants to do their own CC post, go for it!

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:D Awesome interview. First of all, Maggie's a liar, ha! Nice stuff about that S4 finale - I love that scene.

Oh, and yeah, we definitely need an episode where Lassie goes undercover.

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