Diedrich Bader is enjoying the ride on Outsourced (Thursdays, 9:30 p.m. ET/PT, NBC) and why wouldn’t he? Fans love the premise and are responding to the team, including his character Charlie Davies, who is just a tiny bit loathsome – and completely different from the role he had as the sort of dim, but loveable Oswald Lee Harvey on The Drew Carey Show.
And if you’ve been watching Outsourced, you already know that Charlie is obsessed with Tonya (Pippa Black), who is dating Todd Dempsey (Ben Rappaport). Well, tonight Charlie learns that the pair is an item - and he has to come to terms with the fact that he won’t be getting the girl.
“It’s a fun episode for me,” Bader raves. “I really got to stretch out with the character and discover that Charlie does have a heart and it gets broken.”
Bader tells HollywoodOutbreak.com that the sweet episode is layered with a bit of drama, which he appreciates in a wacky comedy like Outsourced.
“The thing about Charlie is, as reprehensible as he is, he is a human being,” the actor points out adding, “and you feel for him when something doesn’t go his way. He really does love Tonya, but youth belongs with the youth.”
And as the show heads into February sweeps (where the nets air their strongest shows to woo advertising dollars), we’ll get a whole heap of hilarious episodes beginning with a dazzler.
“We’ve got an episode coming up where we build a whole train station and Todd and the crew go on a retreat together,” he reveals. “It’s just not something you’re going to be able to see on a regular network because we built a whole train and it looks like we’re going through India. It’s really beautiful.”
Plus, that particular show is a throwback to old Hollywood, where sets were built from the ground up. For a self-proclaimed Hollywood Geek like Bader, it’s a daily reminder of why he got into acting in the first place.
“I love walking around the studio and seeing what we can create,” he gushes. “I never lost the idea that there is some magic that can be created at a studio and we’re the show that does that because we have no locations. We build everything.
“We on the old RKO lot and we’re close to the stage where they shot Stagecoach, one of the greatest movies of all time, in my opinion. The Drew Carey Show was shot on the same stage as Casablanca and there wasn’t one day that went by when I didn’t think about that. I get a thrill.”