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TV Junkie Interview: Patrick Warburton - 'Rules of Engagement'

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Patrick Warburton stars in "Rules of Engagement" - Mondays at 8:30pm on CBS
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Believe it or not, we've been watching Patrick Warburton on TV for over 20 years. From a bit part on the venerable series, "The Paper Chase", to Elaine Benes' perfect counterpoint, David Puddy, on "Seinfeld", to the ultracult fave "The Tick", Warburton has been a reliable source of comedy and entertainment in a wide range of shows and roles. Currently Warburton has been making us laugh as Jeff on CBS' "Rules of Engagement" which is in the midst of its fourth mid-season run on Monday's at 8:30pm. We had to admit that it's taken us a little while to warm up to the show but it now seems to be much more mature and dramatically improved than even just last season. Warbuton fills us in on what he's been doing and why your Monday's at 8:30pm should be devoted to "Rules of Engagement".LAist: We have to comment on the stentorian quality of your voice - you make everything you say sound so brilliant.

Patrick Warburton: If you take the vocal aspect, sure, but if you take the content... I might be able to fool them with the tone and attitude but the content could be quite lacking.

LAist: Tell us about how you became involved as Jeff in "Rules of Engagement".

Patrick Warburton: I took a meeting with Tom Hertz, the creator and producer of the show, who told me that he thought I should take the role because he was really thinking about me when writing the character. So I read it, I liked it, and I got involved. We've been a mid-season show each year which is a little disappointing because we feel like we should get a full-season pick-up. The show has been doing really well and spikes up the ratings every week.

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I really like the show, I feel like the show has really come around. It takes a bit longer to get there because it's a mid-season show but I've always thought the show had potential and I think it's thoroughly enjoyable now.