Jane Lynch is packing a one-two-three punch to kick off 2016 — she’ll be back for a fourth season of NBC’s Hollywood Game Night on Jan. 5, she’s hosting the People’s Choice Awards the following evening, on Jan. 6, and her new CBS comedy, Angel From Hell, debuts the night after, on Jan. 7.
But that’s not all Lynch has in store for the new year. She’s also reteaming with her Best in Show and For Your Consideration director Christopher Guest for his latest mockumentary, Mascots, due to premiere on Netflix sometime next year.
While speaking with EW about preparing to host the People’s Choice Awards, Lynch shared some details about her character, Gabby Monkhouse, who is a former mascot-turned-judge.
“She had a devastating injury, she held the splits way too long and ripped a muscle in her groin and now she has one leg that’s two and a half inches longer than the other one,” Lynch explained. “So she’s a judge at the competition — this all culminates into a competition at the end where the mascots do routines. It’s like their Olympics, so it’s a real big deal. And Gabby is a little resentful that she’s no longer in the spotlight that way, so she has done her best to stay in the spotlight.”
Those efforts to stay in the mascot world’s limelight include publishing a book.
“She’s written a book called A-Moose-ing Grace — because she was a moose — and she sells that book everywhere she goes, she’s always talking about it and dropping the fact that she has written a memoir,” Lynch added. “And it’s called A-Moose-ing Grace: An Ex-Mascot’s Guide to God and Success in Real Estate. And yes, I made it up myself [laughs]. One of my crowning creative achievements.”
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The Mascots cast also includes a number of other returning Guest players (Parker Posey, Bob Balaban, and Jennifer Coolidge among them) and Lynch said it was an “absolute joy” working with everyone again.
“It was a dream to do,” she said. “Everybody was flyin’ high and happy and it was so great to be back together again. I think it’s gonna be hilarious.”
Check back here closer to the People’s Choice Awards — airing Jan. 6 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS — for more details from Lynch on what to expect and how she’s preparing to host the awards show.