Carpoolers, Bruce McCulloch


She's crazy hot...and craz-ay. That's the story with Rebecca Romijn's guest stint at 8:30 p.m. tonight on ABC's Carpoolers, as Rebecca steps in to play Joannifer, the ex-wife of real-life hubby Jerry O'Connell's character Laird.

It's not every day you get to see Jerry and Rebecca playing ridonkulously funny exes—a dynamic that helps to make tonight's Carpoolers episode one of the best yet and well worth your couch-hugging time!

To celebrate, we are checking in with the big boss man himself, Bruce McCulloch (Kids in the Hall), who created the series and serves as executive producer. Read on to find out what he says about Rebecca's guest role, who's guest starring next, the effect of the strike and what's next for America's favorite creeptastic son, Marmaduke...

So...Joannifer? That's a weird name! What's the story?
It came out of this little genius' head. And when I say little genius, I mean me, not her.

How crazy is Joannifer?
She's her own force of nature. She's someone we've either dated or who dated your friend, and then your friend goes and gets back together with that person, and you're supposed to be happy, but you're not.

Did Jerry automatically offer up the creative services of his wife, or did you have to go after her yourself?

He's cute. He's as energetic as you would think, but because she is an artist in her own right we went through proper channels, even though she was sitting there and stuff. I contacted her people, because I didn't want to embarrass her in case she said no, but she was pretty groovy about it.

Is this a character that could recur, or is this a one-shot deal?

Oh, she will come back. If or when we get a back order.

Speaking of, I am assuming the strike will complicate things for you. With a new show starting to gain traction, do you feel like this is going to slow you down?

Well, I mean, the truth is it could potentially kill us, but who knows? It could be a week or two weeks and then it would be a short hiatus. But obviously, we are just gaining our momentum, and people are finding us. It's not a good time for us or for a lot of people.

How many episodes do you have in the can? Is it enough to run through December?
We'll run until, I think, January. We have 13, so we are done shooting now. We're just in post with them.

Anything coming up that you can tease to?

We were actually just shooting something today where Marmaduke [the son of Fred Goss and Faith Ford's characters] leaves home, which was a big thing we had. Dave Foley and Kevin McDonald are doing guest parts.

Are you happy with the ratings so far and how the show is being received?

The network has been happy, so therefore I am happy. To me, it doesn't matter if 8 million or 9 million people watch. That is good enough for me.

ABC seems to be tailoring their marketing to Tuesday night as a "man-date." Do you tailor the show toward a specific male audience?

Clearly, it is about four men. There are two women in the cast as well, but the full premise is about four guys on their way to work. I think it is a male show, and ABC is considered [more of] a women's network—so, I think that was the hard part...but also part of [its] appeal. It's from my obsessive mind, which is mostly about the things men obsess about.

Carpoolers airs tonight at 8:30 p.m. on ABC.

—Additional reporting by Korbi Ghosh

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