Don't look for plastic water bottles on the set of "Suburgatory." According to Cheryl Hines, "We have a water cooler with paper cups," says the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" alumna, who's taken her crack comic timing to the ABC sitcom about life in suburbia, told from the point of view of a teen (Jane Levy) whose dad (Jeremy Sisto) transplants her there from the big city. Hines plays their neighbor Dallas Royce, a spray-tanned, big-haired, big-boobed, Botoxed southern belle with a cougar-ish eye on the new man on the block.
"I like that she tries really hard to be sexy. That's really funny to me," says Hines, emphasizing that the character is a good mother. "She really does care about her daughters, but she goes about it in an odd way." Herself a mother to a seven-year-old daughter, Hines is no stranger to carpooling and the PTA and has met many women like Dallas, she points out. "There are people that are exactly like this woman, and they take great pride in it," she notes.
For Hines, "Suburgatory" is very different from her last TV job, even though both are comedies. "'Curb' is all improvised, and it's really an exploration of Larry's [David] neuroses. This has a completely different feeling. It's an entire world, heightened reality and very precise. The dialogue is very clever and smart and scripted, even if we threw in a little improv here and there," she compares. "It's a completely different experience."
"Suburgatory" airs Wednesdays on ABC.