TCA: This 'Gentleman' Prefers Leslie Moonves

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of TCA.

It may have generated the single-biggest laugh of TCA to date this afternoon when David Hornsby, the creator, executive producer and star of the new CBS comedy How to Be a Gentleman, was asked his personal idea of the perfect gentleman. The questioner wondered: Was it Pierce Brosnan as James Bond? Perhaps Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird? No. “Leslie Moonves,” Hornsby replied. The room roared. Moonves himself was unavailable for comment. Hornsby allowed that Cary Grant and George Clooney also might be good choices along with that of the president and CEO of CBS Corp. Series co-star Dave Foley also added his own somewhat surprising choices: Henry Winkler and John Ritter.

An even more irreverent exchange came during the panel when Gentleman castmate and former 24 regular Mary Lynn Rajskub responded to a question about whether she had the sense that her 24 character Chloe would be a part of the planned feature film based on the adrenalin-rich Fox drama. “Yeah, do you?” Rajskub replied. “I hope so. It’ll be either me or Rachel Weisz.” After a few more wisecracks, mostly under her breath, Rajskub asked, “Should I have answered that differently? OK, I’m rewriting the script myself, how about that?”

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