Amy Aquino, the final regular cast member added to the ABC multi-camera comedy pilot Divorce: A Love Story, has already split from the project.
Based on an Israeli series, Divorce stars Jason Jones (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) and Andrea Anders (Mr. Sunshine) as Kenny and Robin, a recently divorced couple who are even worse now that they're apart and can't seem to stay out of each other's lives. The cast also includes Adam Goldberg (NYC 22) and Regina King (Southland) as married friends of Kenny.
A television veteran who has logged recurring roles and guest stints on a variety of series over her career, Aquino seemed to be the final piece of the puzzle for Divorce when she was cast last week as Kenny's overbearing mother who is obsessed with reuniting Kenny and Robin. However, once the cast got together, producers decided that the 56-year-old actress looked too young to play the mother of her 39-year-old co-star. The recasting process is currently underway.
That reasoning seems strange because already this pilot season, two actresses have been cast in mother roles for ABC projects despite even more outrageous age differences — Jane Seymour is only 11 years older than her on-screen daughter Kelly Preston in the pilot Keep Calm & Karey On, while the 51-year-old Elizabeth Peña will play mama to the 48-year-old John Leguizamo in his untitled semi-autobiographical comedy.
Does it affect your suspension of disbelief when a show or film casts actors as parents who are unnaturally close in age to the actors playing their children?