When we last saw actress Amanda Peet during primetime, it was on NBC’s drama, “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.” Although that show was canceled after one season, Peet has kept busy in films mostly, booking parts in “2012” and “Gulliver’s Travels.” But she’s also done a few one-offs in niche comedy shows like David Wains’ web series “Wainy Days,” comedian Demetri Martin’s sketch comedy show, “Important Things With Demetri Martin,” and a guest spot on “How I Met Your Mother.”
This week Peet returns to primetime with “Bent,” a half-hour romantic comedy from “Scrubs” vet Tad Quill, according to CNN. In it she plays Alex Meyers, a recently divorced lawyer whose wet-blanket approach to life is challenged by her active, surfer carpenter, Pete Riggins (played by David Walton). Rounding out the cast is Jeffrey Tambor (“Arrested Development”), JB Smoove (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and Jesse Plemons (“Friday Night Lights).
CNN spoke with Peet from her home in Los Angeles about the “Studio 60” days, finding her footing as a comedic actress and the things that keep her up at night.
CNN: “Bent” marks a proper return to network TV for you. Has the TV landscape changed, in your opinion?
Amanda Peet: It seems like it’s contracting, fewer and fewer jobs. It’s hard to discern what’s what, since I’m now a 40-year-old woman. Am I over the hill at the same time there’s a recession? It’s hard to decide what’s what. There aren’t many roles that are interesting if you’re a 40-year-old woman, unless you’re Julia Roberts or Cate Blanchett.
CNN: Looking back, what was the issue with “Studio 60”?
Peet: I think it was too expensive and there was too much anticipation. I guess all together we seemed like this arrogant monolith, but individually, none of us felt very arrogant. So it’s kind of curious. Including Aaron [Sorkin]. The backlash, the vitriol. If it had been some 30- or 35-year-old new discovery instead of Aaron Sorkin, things might have been different.
You can read the entire Amanda Peet interview at CNN.