Norman Mailer in TV guest spot

Oct. 22, 2004 at 2:18 PM

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Norman Mailer, who once said he hates sitcoms, will guest-star on an upcoming episode of The WB series "Gilmore Girls," the Los Angeles Times said Friday.

Mailer is scheduled to appear next Tuesday as a curmudgeonly older man in an episode that also features his son, Stephen Mailer, who is a professional actor.

The Times said it took some subterfuge on the part of producers to get Mailer to say yes. After all, this is a man who said that sitcoms "violate any notion of serious acting and serious art."

Amy Sherman-Palladino, the creator of "Gilmore Girls," told the paper she never thought she would be able to get Mailer -- and initial phone calls to his publicist were not returned.

Producers then realized that one of the show's writers was close to Stephen Mailer -- so they wrote a part for him in an episode, and then sold both Mailers on the father-and-son angle.

"I was just looking forward to working with my son," Mailer told the Times. "I liked it more than I thought I would."

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