I wrote, -and my husband Grant Shaffer illustrated - a story about our dearly departed doggies, Honey and Leon, and it was published by Penguin Random House on September 12th 2017!
I voiced a role in this animated Halloween special which used the music of Michael Jackson and the voices of a slew of CBS regulars like Christine Baranski, Lucy Liu and Jim Parsons as well as moi.
Throughout 2017 I hosted several award ceremonies and galas...
The Bailey House Gala and Auction, the Safe Horizon Champion Awards, the Housing Works Groundbreaker Awards, the Boston Conservatory 150th Gala (where I also received an honorary degree), and the Village Voice Pride Awards
I flew to London to launch the Animals podcast. The Animals is a book of letters between Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy, and we read from it in front of the David Hockney portrait of Chris and Don which was part of Tate Britain’s amazing Hockney exhibit. In the podcast Isherwood is read by Simon Callow, but due to his unavailability, at the launch Angus Wright played him. Earlier that day, as part of another exhibit, Queer Brittania, I was interviewed by Amy Lame.
I shot a monologue in the series Queers for BBC, directed by Mark Gatiss and written by Gareth Maclean. The series is part of the commemoration of the 50th annivesary of the decriminilisation of homosexuality in the UK
I voiced a dog named Dante in the movie Showdogs which stars Will Arnett and Natahsa Lyonne
I play Dylan Reinhart, a professor of behavioural analysis and a former CIA agent in the CBS series, Instinct, written by Michael Rauch from a novel by James Patterson. The pilot, directed by Marc Webb, was picked up for series, which we shot in the latter half of the year, and it was broadcast in spring 2018.
I am joined in the cast by Bojana Novakovic, Dan Ings, Naveen Andrews, Sharon Leal, Sarita Choudury and Whoopi Goldberg.
I wrote the foreword for the book 'NYC Vegan: Iconic recipes for a Taste of the Big Apple'
I returned to Boston for my yearly duties as Masterpiece Mystery host.
Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs continued to tour: New Orleans, Stanford, Los Angeles, Portland Maine, Philadelphia, Key West, Atlanta, Orlando, Sarasota, Davis, Durham, Washington DC, Charlotte, New Haven and then an Australian tour which visited Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne.
I shot these commercials for Audible to celebrate the power of voice and the performers who bring words to life.
Nick Kroll and John Mulaney invited me to take part in the 'Too Much Tuna' segment of their hilarious show Oh, Hello! On Boradway. You can see above what happened...