Like many Americans, Diedrich Bader’s work life came to a screeching halt when the pandemic hit.
He and his castmates were in the midst of filming the Season 4 finale of ABC’s “American Housewife” when production shuttered in March, leaving that episode unfinished and the cast and crew idle for months. With it now in the can, that installment becomes the Season 5 premiere, airing Wednesday, Oct. 28.
Picking up where Season 4 left off, the new round finds mom Katie (Katy Mixon) going to great lengths to ensure daughter Taylor (Meg Donnelly) graduates high school, son Oliver (Daniel DiMaggio) devastated to learn best friend Cooper (Logan Pepper) is moving out of town and dad Greg (Bader) finishing a ghost writing project.
The new season also means new horizons for Bader’s character, which the 53-year-old actor is looking forward to.
“Greg is actually going to be working on the city council,” the Alexandria, Va., native reports, “because we’ve been watching all those viral videos of people going to city council and kind of freaking out, and we thought that there was a lot to mine there.”
Bader has been mining laughs from his level-headed college professor character since 2016 and a certain comfort level has developed not only between him and the character but between the actor and the writers.
“Greg is very close to myself,” Bader explains. “Because these writers have been writing for me, they’ve shaped it to me and so it’s just very easy to play him. It’s like falling off a log, it’s really fun. And you know, Katy and I, we haven’t seen each other in a while because of COVID, but it’s just so much fun to be back and to be working together again.”
Full name: Karl Diedrich Bader
Birth date: Dec. 24, 1966
Birthplace: Alexandria, Va.
Family ties: He and his wife, actress/writer Dulcy Rogers, have a son and a daughter
Alma mater: University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Other TV credits include: “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “21 Jump Street,” “Quantum Leap,” “Cheers,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Diagnosis Murder,” “Frasier,” “Murphy Brown,” “The Drew Carey Show,” “Still Standing,” “7th Heaven,” “Monk,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Reno 911,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Bones,” “Veep”
Movie credits include: “The Beverly Hillbillies” (1993), “Office Space” (1999), “Ice Age” (voice only, 2002), “Napoleon Dynamite” (2004), “Dinotopia: Quest for Ruby Sunstone” (voice, 2005), “Bolt” (voice, 2008), “Vampires Suck” (2010), “Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups” (voice, 2012), “Muffin Top: A Love Story” (2017), “Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe” (voice, 2020)