Wendie Malick has timed more than 3,000 hours on verbose TV. The statuesque brunette has showed up on everything from “Scarecrow and Mrs. Lord” and the first “MacGyver” to “NYPD Blue” and “Seinfeld.” Throw in arrangement standard parts on “Simply Shoot Me” (1997-2003) and “Hot in Cleveland” (2010-2015), and you understand the on-screen character has been an apparatus on system TV for more than 30 years.
“When I was watching ‘Six Feet Under,’ and there was a scene where the mother was having a breakdown and she begins watching a considerable measure of TV. She’s sees me on ‘Simply Shoot Me,’ and says, ‘That show is dependably on!'” With reruns, you might be gone, however you’ll never blur,” Malick tells The Post. “I’ve been in the opportune place at the correct time.”
This week, Malick, 65, shows up on ABC’s “American Housewife” as Katie Otto’s (Katy Mixon) sensational mother, Marilyn, a previous Pan Am attendant who welcomes herself for Thanksgiving supper and appears wearing what resembles an erector set on her head.
“She had a fender bender,” Malick says. “The neck support should hold my neck under tight restraints since I had whiplash, however it was truly a minor collision. Marilyn has a tendency to overstate everything in her life.”
Will she be expressing a desire for peace to her little girl? “I don’t think so. She came in light of the fact that consideration must be paid,” Malick says. “She will be a truly crazy visitor from the get-go.”
Working the roundabout TV beat, Malick says, is “somewhat like having distinctive move accomplices. What’s more, I for the most part know one of the performers.” For this situation of “American Housewife,” she knew Diedrich Bader, who plays Mixon’s impulsive spouse, Greg. They cooperated a year ago on CBS’ brief arrangement “Surge Hour.” “He and I had a little tease on that show. Presently I’m playing his relative. It’s all great,” she says.
Malick won’t pick a most loved TV part, however credits HBO’s “Fantasy On,” where she played Brian Benben’s nervous spouse, with broadening the life of her profession. “It was the first run through individuals in this town acknowledged I was amusing,” she says. In spite of the fact that she hasn’t seen Benben in years, Malick stays aware of her “Simply Shoot Me” castmates George Segal, Laura San Giacomo and David Spade. “We’re attempting to bind a date for supper,” she says. “David dependably tries to escape taking care of the bill.”
Malick experienced childhood in Buffalo, NY, and now lives in the mountains above Santa Monica with her significant other of 20 years, Richard Erickson. They met under bizarre conditions: the performing artist practically peed on him. She was in Tijuana, Mexico, volunteering on a helpful venture and dozing in a field. “I got up to go to the washroom. They had truly frightful toilets. I decided on the glade,” Malick says. “I headed toward what resembled a low-lying rock, which ended up being Richard. He moved and said, ‘Would I be able to help you?’
“Before the weekend’s over, we’d burned through four days in the forsake. He said, ‘Might you want to run with me on a bike excursion to Africa one year from now?’ We went to the Congo. It was an astounding enterprise.”
To keep up her svelte, five-foot-ten figure, Malick says she joins a Pilates routine with climbing and moving. “Catherine Deneuve said after 40 you need to pick your face or your rear end,” she says. “I picked my can. I look okay leaving.”
Her next little screen experience is a visitor appearance on CBS’s “Mother,” whose airdate has not been declared. She will play the ex of Bonnie’s (Allison Janney) beau, Adam (William Fichtner). Bonnie is debilitated by their friendly relationship. Malick depicts the amusingness as “exceptionally straight to the point and extremely convincing” on that arrangement. “There’s a great deal of mankind in that show,” she says, “and they do it truly well.”