Mary McDonnell once co-starred with Jean Smart in the short-lived sitcom ‘High Society’

By: Start TV Staff     Posted: October 8, 2021, 3:17PM

Fans of her work know Mary McDonnell as the tough-as-nails head of LAPD’s Major Crimes division, Sharon Raydor. Much of McDonnell’s career has centered heavily around crime dramas including The Closer, Major Crimes, Fargo, and more.

But long before McDonnell took on such serious and award-winning roles, she starred in a short-lived comedy series High Society.

Airing in 1995, McDonnell co-starred with comedy and acting legend Jean Smart. The series followed two best friends, Dott Emerson (Mary McDonnell) and Ellie Walker (Jean Smart). Working together in the same publishing house, Dott managed the business while Val wrote the best-selling book for the publication.

The series followed the pair of friends all across New York City living their decadent, lavish, and campy lives.

Despite garnishing average ratings, the series was canceled after 13 episodes. McDonnell had a great time on the series and believes the show could’ve been a hit if it had been given more of a shot.

“I think that show, had it been given just a little bit more time, would’ve turned, broken through the glass, and stayed there for a while. And that’s too bad that it didn’t. But it was, honestly, one of my favorite little gigs,” said Mary McDonnell about her time on the comedy series.

Following the cancellation McDonnell would continue to focus on more serious roles, even starring in the hit disaster movie Independence Day a year later.

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elsasguerra 29 days ago
Mary McDonnell was great in Major Crimes. I watch all shows on 12.5 channel.
Sherry 1 month ago
I would love to see Jean Smart in another series. She was great in Designing Women and everything she always did. Series with great women are just not supported on major networks. I am so glad I found StartTV. It's a great network and I love the shows. Rizzoli and Isles, The Closer, In Plain Sight, The Ghost Whisperer, just everything.
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