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Reno Hotties Hit Prime Time

Posted in I Heart Funny Femmes, Technicolor Pop, TV with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 13, 2008 by alphabetfiend

Two of the sexy bitches from Reno 911 have recently done guest star turns in prime time TV shows.

Wendi Mclendon-Covey (she plays Deputy Clementine Johnson on Reno) did a perfect turn as a swinger wife on the new sitcom “Kath & Kim.”

Kerri Kenney (she plays Deputy Trudy Wiegel on Reno) was was barely recognizable as a glam magician’s assistant on “Pushing Daisies.”  (see photo below.)

Kerri Kenney looking perty (far left)

Kerri Kenney looking perty (far left)

“Pushing Daisies” is in trouble and has probably had its head lopped off (yep, it’s been canceled, it’s official) which made it hard to enjoy the last few episodes even though they were pretty delish. The show is by the same people who did the short-lived but masterful “Wonder Falls” and like “Wonder Falls,”  Pushing Daisies proved to be too quirky for the average viewer. Pushing Daisies is visually stunning  and better than most things out there, although it can be a tad too gimmicky and scooby-doo episodic.  Still, it was getting better and I hate to see it go. (Oh! Swoosie Kurtz is AMAZING as a mermaid in a jeweled eye-patch. Ah. Freak Love.)  As a magical realism lit-fiction writer, I’m excited by every failed attempt to bring magical realism to TV.  The charming episode where Kerri Kenney is the assistant to The Great Herman (Fred Williard was awesome!) was probably one of the last episodes we’ll ever see of Pushing Daisies. She rocked it!  I wish I had a clip but I’ve looked and can’t locate one. You can only see her briefly in this promo for the episode called “Oh Oh It’s Magic!”

Kath & Kim — based on a successful Australian comedy of the same name — is probably in some trouble of its own. Starring Molly Shannon and Selma Blair as mall worshippers engrossed in popular culture and not much else, Kath & Kim is oddly endearing and definitely grows on you. I love dorks so I really love this show with the dorkiest romance ever between Kath Day and Phil Night. (Knight?) It just goes to show that the harder you try to be cool the more you miss the mark. I love Molly Shannon and want the show to do well but I worry cause it’s pretty weird. In the episode “Friends” (which aired December 11th) Kath & Phil throw a Christmas party and invite people they barely know. Wendi Mclendon-Covey was small town dreamy as wife to a mall security guard. Loved it! See Mclendon-Covey in an NBC clip. 

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Technically all three of the original Reno ladies have been on prime time in the last 6 months or so. Niecy Nash — the hardest working woman in show biz — was on that horrible sitcom about the hotel. But that sucked too much to count. Nash shines as Deputy Raineesha Williams though.

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