EXCLUSIVE: Maya Rudolph Hilariously Plays a Wacky Romance Novelist on TBS Comedy 'Angie Tribeca'

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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).

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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.

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“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.