Semi-autobiographical comedy was a big seller this development season, and one of the hottest projects to be ordered to pilot is ABC's How The Hell Am I Normal?, a single-camera family comedy set in the 1980s based on writer/creator Adam F. Goldberg's experiences growing up in a dysfunctional yet loving family. Now, television favorites and fresh faces alike have joined the "highly screwed up" Gold family.
Best known for playing Larry David's best friend and agent on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm, Jeff Garlin has been cast as the hot-tempered father of the family, Murray. Described as gruff but loveable, Murray's idea of parenting usually involves rage and insults. However, due to a recent heart attack, his doctor issued a strict warning that Murray is to remain calm, providing a constant struggle for the diehard rageaholic.
In addition to starring in How The Hell Am I Normal, Garlin will reprise his role as movie studio executive Mort Meyers in Netflix's upcoming fourth season of Arrested Development. No word on the future of Curb Your Enthusiasm, although it would be interesting to see how Larry would deal with the death of his best friend if Jeff were to be written out of the show.
Television newcomer Hayley Orrantia will play one of the family's three eccentric kids, oldest daughter Erica. Beautiful, yet tough and crass, Erica is a rebellious high school senior who manipulates and abuses her younger brother.
Although this is her first potential TV series, Orrantia appeared on the first season of FOX's The X Factor as a member of the girl group Lakoda Rayne.
Erica's younger brother is middle child Barry, the endearing snob of the family. Troy Gentile, who twice played a younger version of Jack Black in the films Nacho Libre and Tenacious D In The Pick of Destiny, has landed the role. Ironically, Gentile is a year older than the actress who plays his older sister.
Rounding out the cast, which also includes Bridesmaids co-star Wendi McLendon-Covey as overbearing mother Beverly and child actor Darien Provost (Tooth Fairy) as youngest son Adam, is comedy veteran George Segal in the role of Murray's father Albert. For years, Albert has been the stoic and wealthy pillar of the family.
Most recognizable from his role as magazine owner/publisher Jack Gallo on NBC's Just Shoot Me, Segal recently starred on the TV Land comedy Retired At 35.
On paper, these characters are cliches at best, but Jeff Garlin has proven his comedic chops on Curb Your Enthusiasm and should be a blast in the role. It would also be great to see George Segal back on a network sitcom interacting with talents like Garlin and McLendon-Covey.
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