“Old Christine” Creator Kari Lizer on the Sitcom and Its Same-Sex Wedding

 
 

Lizer was ready for, well, everything to hit the fan with this storyline — but her phone was unexpectedly quiet.

Surprisingly, and I really am surprised, we’ve done a lot of that stuff this year and we’ve really taken a stance and there’s not been a peep. There really isn’t. I think, to their credit, as long as we are hopefully doing it in a way that’s still funny and we’re not just wagging our finger at people, which we’re hoping that’s not what we’re doing, they’ve been great. They’ve been really supportive and they love those episodes. And then the Megan Mullally one comes along and blows the lid off it. I kept waiting for the phone call but it never came.

In fact, when Megan Mullally guested to enforce a no-same-sex clause in the business owned by Christine and Barb (but would later make a pass at Christine), The New Adventures of Old Christine reached a season-high number of viewers.

Mullally guest stars on Old Christine

Even with the return of ratings-monster American Idol last month in the same Wednesday time slot as Christine, the show is holding up remarkably well in the ratings.

More attention was focused on the show last November when Sykes publicly came out in Las Vegas after the passing of Prop 8.

Wanda Sykes comes out at a anti-Prop 8 rally in Las Vegas

The comedian told the crowd she hadn’t come out publicly before because, “I didn’t feel like I had to. I was just living my life, not necessarily in the closet, but I was living my life.” But after the passage of Prop. 8, she said, “Now, I gotta get in their face. I’m proud to be a woman. I’m proud to be a black woman, and I’m proud to be gay.”

Louis-Dreyfus, who openly has spoken out against Prop 8 on Ellen DeGeneres’s talk show, told The Advocate recently, “She’s a private person. So [coming out] was a big decision for her. I’m proud of her."

The respect the cast has for one another is one of the reasons Lizer enjoys working on Old Christine. "I don’t know if I can ever do another television show because I will never get this group of gems again," she said.

Watch The New Adventures of Old Christine Weds at 8pm on CBS

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