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Bradley Whitford Talks New Role In NBC Comedy ‘Perfect Harmony’ | TODAY


>>>WE ARE BACK, 8:43 WITH A GUY>>>WE ARE BACK, 8:43 WITH A GUY WHO JUST SNAGGED ANOTHER EMMY TO WHO JUST SNAGGED ANOTHER EMMY TO ADD TO HIS COLLECTION. ADD TO HIS COLLECTION. BRADLEY WHITFORD. BRADLEY WHITFORD. WE ALL KNOW HIM FROM HIS ROLES WE ALL KNOW HIM FROM HIS ROLES ON “WEST WING,” “GET OUT,” HE’S ON “WEST WING,” “GET OUT,” HE’S HITTING ALL THE RIGHT NOTES IN HITTING ALL THE RIGHT NOTES IN THE NEW NBC COMEDY “PERFECT THE NEW NBC COMEDY “PERFECT HARMONY,” HE PLAYS ARTHUR, WHO HARMONY,” HE PLAYS ARTHUR, WHO FEELS LIKE THERE’S NOTHING LEFT FEELS LIKE THERE’S NOTHING LEFT TO LIVE FOR, BUT A CHANCE TO LIVE FOR, BUT A CHANCE ENCOUNTER WITH A SMALL TOWN ENCOUNTER WITH A SMALL TOWN CHURCH CHOIR MIGHT BE WHAT HE CHURCH CHOIR MIGHT BE WHAT HE NEEDS. NEEDS.>>THAT WAS QUITE A BENDER YOU>>THAT WAS QUITE A BENDER YOU WERE ON, ART. WERE ON, ART.>>ARTHUR, HOW DO YOU KNOW MY>>ARTHUR, HOW DO YOU KNOW MY NAME? NAME?>>WE LOOKED THROUGH YOUR WALLET>>WE LOOKED THROUGH YOUR WALLET AFTER WE WRESTLED YOUR PANTS AFTER WE WRESTLED YOUR PANTS OFF. OFF.>>YOU PUT UP QUITE A FIGHT.>>YOU PUT UP QUITE A FIGHT.>>I SHOULDN’T BE HERE.>>I SHOULDN’T BE HERE.>>BRADLEY WHITFORD, GOOD TO SEE>>BRADLEY WHITFORD, GOOD TO SEE YOU. YOU.>>I WATCHED THE FIRST EPISODE.>>I WATCHED THE FIRST EPISODE. THIS IS FUNNY. THIS IS FUNNY.>>IT’S BEEN AN ABSOLUTE JOY AND>>IT’S BEEN AN ABSOLUTE JOY AND ABSOLUTE BLAST. ABSOLUTE BLAST. WE HAVE AN AMAZING CAST. WE HAVE AN AMAZING CAST. ANNA CAMP IS IN THIS, A ANNA CAMP IS IN THIS, A RELENTLESS DELIGHT. RELENTLESS DELIGHT. WILL GREENBERG, KIMBERLY HILL. WILL GREENBERG, KIMBERLY HILL. A BUNCH OF GREAT ACTORS AND IT’S A BUNCH OF GREAT ACTORS AND IT’S BEEN FUN. BEEN FUN.>>DO YOU SING?>>DO YOU SING? CAN YOU SING? CAN YOU SING?>>HE’S — YOU’RE GOING TO SEE>>HE’S — YOU’RE GOING TO SEE ME SING. ME SING.>>OH.>>OH.>>AT SOME POINT.>>AT SOME POINT. I AM THE CHOIR DIRECTOR, NOT I AM THE CHOIR DIRECTOR, NOT THE, YOU KNOW, PERFORMER. THE, YOU KNOW, PERFORMER. IT’S NOT ABOUT MY VOICE. IT’S NOT ABOUT MY VOICE. BUT, YEAH, MUSIC IS A PART OF BUT, YEAH, MUSIC IS A PART OF THE SHOW AND FOR SOME REASON I THE SHOW AND FOR SOME REASON I DID A STRIP TEASE. DID A STRIP TEASE.>>OH, THIS IS NOT THE BRADLEY>>OH, THIS IS NOT THE BRADLEY WHITFORD A LOT OF FOLKS HAVE WHITFORD A LOT OF FOLKS HAVE COME TO KNOW, NOT JOSH LIMON, COME TO KNOW, NOT JOSH LIMON, NOT THE LIEUTENANT. NOT THE LIEUTENANT. THIS IS A FUNNY BRADLEY THIS IS A FUNNY BRADLEY WHITFORD. WHITFORD. WHAT PROMPTED THE CHANGE? WHAT PROMPTED THE CHANGE?>>I WAS — I’M ALWAYS LOOKING>>I WAS — I’M ALWAYS LOOKING TO FIND A COMEDY, AND THIS THING TO FIND A COMEDY, AND THIS THING LANDED — THE FUN PART OF THIS LANDED — THE FUN PART OF THIS GUY IS WE’RE — HE’S GOT A GUY IS WE’RE — HE’S GOT A BRIGHT FUTURE BEHIND HIM. BRIGHT FUTURE BEHIND HIM. HE’S A BROKEN DUDE. HE’S A BROKEN DUDE. AND IT — IT CREATES AN AND IT — IT CREATES AN OPPORTUNITY FOR AN IRASCIBLE GUY OPPORTUNITY FOR AN IRASCIBLE GUY TO CONNECT WITH THESE PEOPLE HE TO CONNECT WITH THESE PEOPLE HE NEVER WOULD BE CONNECTING WITH NEVER WOULD BE CONNECTING WITH OTHERWISE. OTHERWISE.>>AND YOU’RE ALSO THE EXECUTIVE>>AND YOU’RE ALSO THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER ON THIS AS WELL. PRODUCER ON THIS AS WELL.>>I AM, YEAH, THEY CALL ME>>I AM, YEAH, THEY CALL ME BOSS, I DON’T KNOW. BOSS, I DON’T KNOW.>>DO THEY CALL YOU BOSS ON SET?>>DO THEY CALL YOU BOSS ON SET?>>THE CAST MEMBERS CALL ME>>THE CAST MEMBERS CALL ME BOSS. BOSS. BUT WE HAVE OTHER GREAT BUT WE HAVE OTHER GREAT PRODUCERS THERE. PRODUCERS THERE. I FEEL LIKE I’M SORT OF THE I FEEL LIKE I’M SORT OF THE PRODUCER OF THE ACTING PRODUCER OF THE ACTING DEPARTMENT. DEPARTMENT.>>IT’S — YOU HEAR THE CONCEPT.>>IT’S — YOU HEAR THE CONCEPT. I MEAN MUSICAL COMEDIES ARE NOT I MEAN MUSICAL COMEDIES ARE NOT WILDLY POPULAR ON TELEVISION WILDLY POPULAR ON TELEVISION RIGHT NOW. RIGHT NOW.>>WELL, WHAT’S INTERESTING>>WELL, WHAT’S INTERESTING ABOUT THIS IS — THIS HAS A REAL ABOUT THIS IS — THIS HAS A REAL KIND OF “PARKS AND REC” FEEL KIND OF “PARKS AND REC” FEEL WITH THE MUSICAL ELEMENT. WITH THE MUSICAL ELEMENT.>>KIND OF LIKE “THE OFFICE,”.>>KIND OF LIKE “THE OFFICE,”.>>YEAH, IT’S NOT LIKE “GLEE”>>YEAH, IT’S NOT LIKE “GLEE” WHERE THE MAIN DISH WAS THE WHERE THE MAIN DISH WAS THE MUSIC, THE COMEDY IS THE ENTREE MUSIC, THE COMEDY IS THE ENTREE AND THE MUSIC IS A JOYOUS SIDE AND THE MUSIC IS A JOYOUS SIDE DISH. DISH. BUT IT’S A WONDERFUL STORY OF BUT IT’S A WONDERFUL STORY OF THESE RADICALLY DIFFERENT HUMAN THESE RADICALLY DIFFERENT HUMAN BEINGS FINDING A WAY TO SORT OF BEINGS FINDING A WAY TO SORT OF CONNECT AND FIND COMMUNITY CONNECT AND FIND COMMUNITY THROUGH HUMOR AND MAKING MUSIC THROUGH HUMOR AND MAKING MUSIC TOGETHER. TOGETHER.>>CONGRATS ARE IN ORDER BY THE>>CONGRATS ARE IN ORDER BY THE WAY ON YET ANOTHER EMMY, WAY ON YET ANOTHER EMMY, OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR, OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR, CONGRATULATIONS. CONGRATULATIONS.>>THANK YOU, THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU, THANK YOU.>>HOW MANY DO YOU HAVE NOW?>>HOW MANY DO YOU HAVE NOW?>>HOW MANY DO I HAVE?>>HOW MANY DO I HAVE?>>YOU’VE LOST TRACK.>>YOU’VE LOST TRACK.>>I HAVE THREE.>>I HAVE THREE.>>AND YOU’RE ALSO, AS I>>AND YOU’RE ALSO, AS I UNDERSTAND IT, AT LEAST, THE UNDERSTAND IT, AT LEAST, THE FIRST ACTOR IN HISTORY TO WIN A FIRST ACTOR IN HISTORY TO WIN A GUEST ACTOR EMMY FOR BOTH A GUEST ACTOR EMMY FOR BOTH A DRAMA AND A COMEDY. DRAMA AND A COMEDY.>>YES, THAT IS TRUE.>>YES, THAT IS TRUE. I WAS NOT AWARE OF THAT UNTIL I I WAS NOT AWARE OF THAT UNTIL I READ ABOUT IT. READ ABOUT IT. BUT YEAH, I’M THRILLED ABOUT IT. BUT YEAH, I’M THRILLED ABOUT IT. I LOVE THIS PART ON “HANDMAID’S I LOVE THIS PART ON “HANDMAID’S TALE,” IT MEANS A LOT TO ME AND TALE,” IT MEANS A LOT TO ME AND MY BIGGEST FEAR WAS I WAS GOING MY BIGGEST FEAR WAS I WAS GOING TO DIMINISH THE SHOW. TO DIMINISH THE SHOW.>>YOUR FIRST EMMY IN 2001, JOSH>>YOUR FIRST EMMY IN 2001, JOSH LIMON, DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF OF LIMON, DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF OF PRESIDENT BARTLEY, ONE OF MY PRESIDENT BARTLEY, ONE OF MY FAVORITE SHOWS IN HISTORY. FAVORITE SHOWS IN HISTORY.>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU.>>I DID NOT REALIZE UNTIL YOU>>I DID NOT REALIZE UNTIL YOU WERE ON STAGE AT THE EMMYS THAT WERE ON STAGE AT THE EMMYS THAT IT HAD BEEN 20 YEARS SINCE THE IT HAD BEEN 20 YEARS SINCE THE PREMIERE OF “WEST WING,” THERE’S PREMIERE OF “WEST WING,” THERE’S ALWAYS TALKS OF THESE REBOOTS ALWAYS TALKS OF THESE REBOOTS AND SHOWS COMING BACK. AND SHOWS COMING BACK. COULD THE “WEST WING,” COULD IT COULD THE “WEST WING,” COULD IT EXIST IN THE TIMES IN WHICH WE EXIST IN THE TIMES IN WHICH WE LIVE? LIVE?>>I THINK AARON SORKIN IS>>I THINK AARON SORKIN IS RETICENT BECAUSE IT MIGHT BE RETICENT BECAUSE IT MIGHT BE SEEN AS MORE OF A PARTISAN THING SEEN AS MORE OF A PARTISAN THING THAN IT WAS SEEN BEFORE. THAN IT WAS SEEN BEFORE. JUST BECAUSE OF THE WAY THAT WE JUST BECAUSE OF THE WAY THAT WE ARE DEALING WITH EACH OTHER IN ARE DEALING WITH EACH OTHER IN THIS WORLD RIGHT NOW. THIS WORLD RIGHT NOW. BUT I PICK UP THE NEWSPAPER BUT I PICK UP THE NEWSPAPER EVERY DAY AND THINK, WOW, EVERY DAY AND THINK, WOW, THERE’S ANOTHER “WEST WING” THERE’S ANOTHER “WEST WING” EPISODE. EPISODE. WHO KNOWS? WHO KNOWS?>>WHO KNOWS, COULD COME BACK.>>WHO KNOWS, COULD COME BACK. BEFORE I LET YOU GO. BEFORE I LET YOU GO. THE ORANGE RIBBON ON YOUR LAPEL. THE ORANGE RIBBON ON YOUR LAPEL.>>THIS IS JAMIE GUTTENBERG WAS>>THIS IS JAMIE GUTTENBERG WAS A KID WHO WAS KILLED IN A KID WHO WAS KILLED IN PARKLAND, AND HER DAD FRED PARKLAND, AND HER DAD FRED GUTTENBERG IS WORKING ON GUN GUTTENBERG IS WORKING ON GUN ISSUES. ISSUES. AND I’M TELLING YOU, I WEAR AND I’M TELLING YOU, I WEAR THIS — WHEN I GO TO THOSE AWARD THIS — WHEN I GO TO THOSE AWARD SHOWS I ALWAYS — I RECOGNIZED SHOWS I ALWAYS — I RECOGNIZED IN HER, I RECOGNIZED MY DAUGHTER IN HER, I RECOGNIZED MY DAUGHTER WHO IS ALSO A DANCER. WHO IS ALSO A DANCER. AND I RECOGNIZED ONE OF THOSE AND I RECOGNIZED ONE OF THOSE REALLY INTERESTING CREATIVE REALLY INTERESTING CREATIVE KIDS. KIDS. AND WHEN YOU GO TO THE EMMYS ALL AND WHEN YOU GO TO THE EMMYS ALL THESE PEOPLE HAVE THE THESE PEOPLE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE THERE IN FRONT OPPORTUNITY TO BE THERE IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA, BEHIND THE OF THE CAMERA, BEHIND THE CAMERA, AND I JUST WANT PEOPLE CAMERA, AND I JUST WANT PEOPLE TO REMEMBER THAT SOME PEOPLE TO REMEMBER THAT SOME PEOPLE HAVE LOST THAT OPPORTUNITY AND HAVE LOST THAT OPPORTUNITY AND THAT WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING TO THAT WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING TO STOP THIS CARNAGE IN OUR STOP THIS CARNAGE IN OUR SCHOOLS. SCHOOLS.>>BRADLEY WHITFORD, THANK YOU.>>BRADLEY WHITFORD, THANK YOU. CONGRATS ON THE NEW SHOW, MY CONGRATS ON THE NEW SHOW, MY FRIEND. FRIEND.>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU.>>THE SERIES PREMIERE –>>THE SERIES PREMIERE –>>TONIGHT.>>TONIGHT.>>”PERFECT HARMONY”.

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