EXCLUSIVE: Maya Rudolph Hilariously Plays a Wacky Romance Novelist on TBS Comedy 'Angie Tribeca'
By Philiana Ng
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Maya Rudolph is using her sleuthing skills to call out a possible romance!
The funny lady makes her grand entrance on TBS’ satirical police comedy, Angie Tribeca, playing a best-selling romance novelist, Ms. Wilder, who is called in by the LAPD to help on a case that’s been stumping detectives Angie Tribeca (Rashida Jones) and Jay Geils (Hayes MacArthur).
When the case involves organ thievery at the local hospital, naturally you’d call a romance novelist for their expertise. Duh.
Dressed to the nines in a chic black-and-white ensemble, Rudolph's character immediately gets distracted by Tribeca and Geils’ “sexual chemistry” and starts dreaming up their novel-perfect love story. “Girl cop gets boy partner. Boy falls in love with girl. Girl explodes and falls into year-long coma,” Wilder begins, before she gets called out.
Then, she moves on to attempting to retell Geils’ “tragic” childhood story.
“Your story is written all over your face. Poor family. Ran away with the circus for a better life. Eleven long, hard years of riding the rams as a strong man. I bet you’re still sending money home to Romania, huh kid?” Wilder says, nearly 100 percent certain her conclusions are correct. (Spoiler alert: They’re not.)
Wilder leaves the best for last, predicting that Lieutenant Pritikin Atkins (Jere Burns), Tribeca and Geils’ boss, isn’t long for this world.
“You are a lover, a man of passion and romance. I see you dead in a boating accident in 16 months!” she declares. Watch the video above to see his hilarious response.
Angie Tribeca, created by Steve and Nancy Carell, airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on TBS.