Chatting With The Stars Of The Starter Wife
The Two Hour Season Premiere Of The Starter Wife Airs Tonight On The USA Network At 9:00PM EST
Chit Chat Gal: Hi guys. How you all doing?
Debra Messing: Good thanks.
Chit Chat Gal: My question for you guys is on your time off what is it that you guys like enjoy to watch on television right now?
Debra Messing: David?
David Alan Basche: Damages – (not just because)…
Debra Messing: How nice.
David Alan Basche: …Debraâ€™s husband who writes on the show. But, you know, I have to say — and I hope it doesnâ€™t sound self-serving — but like cable is the place to be. And I couldnâ€™t be happier about being on USA right now. You know, I didnâ€™t plan it. It just worked out that way.
But Iâ€™m thrilled because Iâ€™m – what I watch when I have time, you know, my wife and I watch Damages on FX. I love The Shield. I love Rescue Me, Mad Men. I mean thereâ€™s so much going on now. Thereâ€™s a new show called Raising the Bar on TNT.
You know, thereâ€™s just – thereâ€™s so much on cable that Iâ€™m really enjoying now and donâ€™t have a lot of time to watch TV but certainly, you know, certainly TiVo everything and try to kind of keep up with the really well made shows on TV right now. And, you know, it sounds silly but, you know, a couple of my favorites are Monk and Burn Notice and In Plain Sight which happen to be on USA. So believe me or donâ€™t believe me but itâ€™s true.
Debra Messing: I am a fan of all of the same shows that David just listed. And then I also have a weird obsession with Court TV. Which is now truTV – I donâ€™t know if you know that.
Chit Chat Gal: I did know that.
Debra Messing: Yeah they changed names. I donâ€™t know why they did that but they did. It was a little disconcerting to me at first. But Iâ€™ve gotten over it. And I donâ€™t know where to find Ashley Danfield and all the other lovely commentators who show me live courtroom trials. To me, you know, Iâ€™m obsessed with it. Like I think maybe if I wasnâ€™t an actor Iâ€™d be a litigator.
But, you know, itâ€™s always just shocking to see what happens in real life because most of the things that you see on those trials if you tried to write them into a TV series you would say oh gosh, no one would believe that would ever happen. But yet they always do in real life. So…
Chit Chat Gal: Excellent – and then do either of you have any, you know, special secret talents that you guys have that you do on the side besides your acting career.
David Alan Basche: Special secret talents, letâ€™s see. None that my wife would let me mention I donâ€™t think.
Chit Chat Gal: Wow.
David Alan Basche:Â I guess kind of clichÃ©. I, you know, like the old, like tie a stem of a cherry into a knot – that kind of thing. But anyway…
Debra Messing: Really?
David Alan Basche: Yeah – yeah.
Debra Messing: You haven’t shared that.
David Alan Basche: You know, it was a college thing. The – yeah the girls like it. But Iâ€™m – no Iâ€™m, you know, Iâ€™m kind of becoming a more and more staunch environmentalist. And so I donâ€™t know thatâ€™s necessarily a talent. But itâ€™s become more than a hobby for me and itâ€™s sort of an obsession now.
So Iâ€™m educating myself more about green building and green living and conservation and all that kind of stuff. So I donâ€™t know how talented I am at it but Iâ€™m certainly trying.
Chit Chat Gal: Excellent.
Debra Messing: And because I have a four-year-old son I have become a great baseball pitcher.
David Alan Basche: Oh very good.
Debra Messing: And, you know, juggler.
David Alan Basche: Really?
Debra Messing: Oh yeah – oh you didnâ€™t know Iâ€™m – I can – oh please. I took circus class at NYU. I could do trapeze. And Iâ€™m not lying.
Chit Chat Gal: Iâ€™m impressed.
Debra Messing: Yep.