“Mad Men’s” James Wolk is staying in advertising on CBS’ new comedy “The Crazy Ones” this fall, and the premiere episode finds him getting close – very close – with Kelly Clarkson.
In the pilot for the brand new show, the ad agency run by Robin Williams’ character, Simon Roberts, recruits Kelly to sing a song for a fictional McDonald’s ad, and she agrees to do it – if the song is sexy. And, in the recording booth, Kelly really gets into it, grinding on James, who plays office hunk Zach.
“I’ll tell you, it’s good, but what makes it even better is her fiance and my girlfriend were sitting in the room watching,” James told reporters after the presentation of his show at the CBS portion of the Television Critics Association Summer Tour in Beverly Hills, of having Kelly grind on him.
“She was incredible,” James continued of Kelly’s appearance on the show (she has scenes throughout the premiere episode). “She was saying, ‘I’m nervous.’ She’s very open about that because she’s acting opposite Robin Williams, and me of course (laughs), but she was amazing, and was incredible to work with.”
James said Kelly got over her nerves with laughter.
“We just were laughing as [fans will see] in that scene. Laughter is the best medicine. Everyone’s cracking up together and having a good time. So it was really fun,” he said.
And Kelly lands her jokes.
“She has great comedic timing and you can’t teach that,” she said.
As Bob Benson on “Mad Men,” James ended Season 6 with his character being shipped off to Detroit to work on a car account, but fans of that show shouldn’t rule out a return of the character for the final season of the AMC series.
“If they want me, we can certainly try and make something happen,” James said when a reporter asked if he’d be opening to coming back to Sterling Cooper. “It’s in their hands, but I loved working on that show and I’d love to be back there.”
“The Crazy Ones” premieres Thursday September 26 at 9/8c on CBS.
-- Jolie Lash