TV Squad Interview from ABC Press Tour
June , 2010
DJE = David James Elliott
VM = Virginia Madsen
VM: We are a crime family. And my husband, played by the magnificent David James Elliott--tall, dark and handsome, and fantastic actor--and I could talk about him all day.
DJE: Family of small-time criminals. For all intents and purposes, we are a typical American family. You know, we're dysfunctional. Every family's dysfunctional on a level. Our dysfunction is a little left of your center.
VM: In the story he gets a long jail sentence, but he's still on the show, so don't worry. And then I decide that the entire family's going legit, and we are out of the crime business And my children are very upset with me, 'cause they're quite good at crime.
DJE: And she's decided to take a divergent path from our master plan while I'm locked up for a period of time--a little longer than I'd anticipated--and it's changed her thinking. And she's trying to take the family in a different direction. And I completely, totally, wholeheartedly disagree.
VM: So when I'm telling my kids on the show that they have to get real jobs, like be a pool boy and work as a waitress. And also my youngest, my 16-year-old in the show, she's been blackmailing her principal so that she never has to attend class. So she's not happy when I tell her that's over.
DJE: I was blown away at how good everybody was in it--how well it played, just the wacky humor, and how it really worked--it's a really terrific show.