Niecy Nash on ‘The Rookie’ spinoff, ‘Don’t Forget the Lyrics,’ and marriage

Emmy nominee Niecy Nash is throughout primetime: she’s presently internet hosting the Fox sport present “Don’t Neglect The Lyrics” and is gearing as much as star in a by-product of the ABC hit, “The Rookie.” 

“We had been popping out of such a tricky time, with the pandemic and every thing, and I assumed, ‘What an effective way to offer folks luggage of cash for simply doing what they do driving within the automotive on the best way to work, or within the bathe,’” Nash, 52, advised The Publish about “Don’t Neglect the Lyrics.”

Airing Mondays (8 p.m.), the collection follows contestants as they take a look at their musical reminiscences for the possibility to win $1 million in prize cash. For Nash, who married musician Jessica Betts in 2020, there was additionally an additional factor that appealed to her.

“My higher half was capable of be within the [the ‘Don’t Forget The Lyrics’] band, and I used to be like, ‘Oh my goodness, I get to flirt whereas I’m at work? That is the dream!,’” Nash mentioned. “We had fun, and we don’t get uninterested in being round one another. You journey within the automotive collectively going to work, you then work collectively all day. Some folks would say, ‘Sufficient already,’ however not me, I’m like, ‘Give me extra!’ ”

Niecy Nash internet hosting, “Don’t Neglect the Lyrics.”

That is the third iteration of “Don’t Neglect the Lyrics,” which aired from 2007-2009 (Fox) with host Wayne Brady and ran in syndication (2010-2011) with Mark McGrath dealing with the internet hosting chores. Nash mentioned she was a fan of the present earlier than she obtained her flip because the host, however she’s undecided how properly she would do as a contestant.

“My style could be ’90s R&B, I believe I might do fairly properly at that. The opposite classes, not a lot,” she mentioned. “And when it comes to particular songs, I don’t know, as a result of one in every of my favourite songs is ‘Pony,’ the one which they performed within the ‘Magic Mike’ soundtrack. And I assumed I knew all of the lyrics to that one and I simply discovered I used to be singing that music unsuitable for years. So, you simply by no means can inform.”

Niecy Nash laughs onstage with a microphone.
Niecy Nash with contestant Fletch on “Don’t Neglect the Lyrics.”
Niecy Nash stands with a woman onstage, smiling.
Niecy Nash with contestant Nicole on “Don’t Neglect The Lyrics.”

Nash, who’s been an trade mainstay for years (“Reno 911!,” HBO’s “Getting On”) was a daily for all 4 seasons of TNT’s “Claws” and snared an Emmy nomination for her position in Ava DuVernay’s 2019 miniseries, “When They See Us.”

“For some folks, the journey is bigger later, and I suppose I’m simply a type of folks,” she mentioned. “I’m having an excellent time. I’m certainly dwelling my greatest life, and it doesn’t matter that it occurred later in life – it simply issues that it occurred.”

It’s additionally an space by which she will relate to her character on “The Rookie: Feds,” a by-product from ABC’s “The Rookie,” the place Nash performed Simone Clark in Season 4.

Airing Tuesdays at 10 p.m. this fall, “The Rookie: Feds” will comply with Simone, a single mother and the oldest rookie coaching for a job within the FBI. 

Nathan Fillion and Niecy Nash hold flashlights.
Nathan Fillion as John Nolan and Niecy Nash as Simone Clark on “The Rookie” Season 4’s backdoor pilot to the spinoff collection.
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“Simone Clark was experiencing what you’d name ‘a dream deferred.’ She by no means overpassed it, although,” mentioned Nash. “And so, at 48 years outdated, she has a small window of time to finish the FBI coaching academy, and says, ‘I’m going to go for my dream.’ Her journey goes to be a lot enjoyable to observe. It’s that journey the place you course-correct and chart a brand new expertise however you have already got a lot life expertise. She will get into loads of bother, as a result of there’s two methods of doing issues — the FBI method and the Simone Clark method — and so they’re not the identical.

“However she will get out of the difficulty as a result of she nonetheless finally ends up getting it executed.”

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