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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Sitcoms Online gets Janet on the phone (eat your heart out, Chrissy)! An excellent interview with "Three's Company" star Joyce DeWitt

Joyce DeWitt and Maurico Perez in a scene from the off-Broadway play Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating and Marriage. Photo by Jeremy Daniel
Our friend Pavan Patel has done it again! The Sitcoms Online news director and blogger extraordinaire has snagged another exclusive interview with a Three's Company star. This time he offers up Seven Questions with TV's Janet Wood, actress Joyce DeWitt, who's currently starring in the off-Broadway comedy Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating and Marriage.

In this wide-ranging interview, Pavan gets Joyce to open up for the first time about her 8 Simple Rules sitcom reunion with the late, great John Ritter that, tragically, would never be:
Yes, he and I were in conversations about my doing a guest spot on 8 Simple Rules and in fact they had sent me a script and they had wanted us to play Janet and Jack and do this episode, and I said, "John, you know, it just doesn't feel right, I mean the idea seems really cool but it doesn't feel right, I don't quite know what to say about that." And eventually the wonderful writers of 8 Simple Rules sat down, and reconsidered it and the episode that came out was that his children on the show ended up playing our characters, as he like falls asleep and has a dream and here are his children playing the Three's Company people and it was such a wonderful episode, and the writers were so terrific when they saw both John and I were a little hesitant about the material they had suggested, they went back to the drawing board and came up with a WONDERFUL, wonderful episode, so that was really cool and we were you know in fact talking about, 'what else, how else can we bring you in?' Am I going to be like your sister that comes to visit or whatever but unfortunately time ran out and we didn't get to do it, but we were definitely you know talking about it ...


Pavan also gets Joyce's takes on doing Dancing with the Stars, working with Queen Latifah and replacing Brady Bunch's Jan, actress Eve Plumb, as Miss Abigail. And she chats for the first time about talks to do Broadway and feature film revivals of Three's Company -- prospective projects both connected in recent months with actor James Franco.

Congrats, Pavan. I have a feel that John Ritter is smiling down at you today!

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