— Tell me about AUSA Banner and the case that pits her against the estimable Jason Bull.
— It's so funny because one of the actresses on the show was saying, "I thought your character's first name was Ausa…."
— The logline was confusing.
— Well, this came about because Michael Weatherly is an old friend of mine, and we have been wanting to do something for a long time. I had sushi with him the last time we were in New York and Glenn Gordon Caron had just taken over the show [for Season 2]. Michael, being irrepressible, immediately got Glenn on the phone and said, "We've got to get Dana on the show." Glenn was like, "Hi, Dana."
I wanted to do it because Glenn, who created Moonlighting, had given me a break a long time ago when I did one of the early episodes of that show. It was a huge thing in that it really put me on a path in my career. I got a series out of it, I got to be Magnum P.I.'s fiancée out of it, and I got to date a rock star out of it.
— Which series did you get out of it?
— John Young, the creator of China Beach, had seen that [Moonlighting] episode and wrote my name down on a Post-It and stuck it on a lampshade. [As First Lieutenant/Captain Colleen McMurphy, Delany went on to amass four Emmy nominations, grabbing gold twice.]
— That's a great example of how there are no small roles. You never know what someone's going to take notice, jot your name down on a cocktail napkin and then cast you on a great drama series.
— Very true. So I felt like, "I've got to do that with Glenn again."