Fresh off of a twelve-episode run on '1600 Penn' as First Lady Emily Nash Gilchrist, American Sweetheart Jenna Elfman is now in talks to replace Parker Posey on the comedy project 'The Family Guide.'
Two weeks ago we reported that Parker Posey was exiting 'The Family Guide' despite NBC opting to pick up the project to series. Posey's reasons for leaving the project weren't disclosed. 'The Family Guide,' created by D. J. Nash, is about a son who idolizes his blind father (to be played by J. K. Simmons); Posey played the character's mother, noted as having a "newfound adolesence." That role is now reportedly being offered to Elfman.
Elfman, who had her breakout in a title role on 'Dharma & Greg' several years ago, has been working steadily on television and in feature films ever since. Before her stint on '1600 Penn' Elfman had an acclaimed dramatic turn on 'Damages,' opposite Ryan Phillipe. Some of her other television work includes 'Matumbo Goldberg' and 'Two and a Half Men.'
Jason Bateman ('Arrested Development') will be providing narration for 'The Family Guide' and is also acting as one of the producers on the project. The official synopsis for the series from NBC is as follows: "It's not every family that's brought closer together by divorce, but then again, the Fishers aren't exactly typical. Take Mel Fisher (J.K. Simmons), for example. Whether it's chopping down trees, showing his daughter how to drive or playing football with his son, he's never let the fact that he's blind slow him down. Then there's Joyce Fisher [played in the pilot by Parker Posey, in negotiations to star Jenna Elfman], possibly the only mom in Pasadena to smoke a pipe. For her, divorce is like a second coming of age, a chance to be the teen she never was. Just ask '80s-obsessed teenage daughter Katie (Ava Deluca-Verley), whose clothes Joyce is always borrowing (that is, when she's not tagging along with Katie to the mall). At the center of all this is Henry (Eli Baker), the Fisher's 11-year old son. Having always been his dad's eyes, ears and wingman, Henry's less than thrilled when Mel shows up with Elvis, a guide dog… which is also how Henry learns about the pending divorce. Awkward. While reluctant to the changes this "big ball of fur" would bring, it's through the adult Henry's voice-over (Jason Bateman) that we find out his parent's split would "allow all of us to finally discover…who we needed to be." The half-hour comedy is executive produced by DJ Nash (Up All Night, Guys with Kids), Bateman and Jim Garavente."
Do you think Elfman is a good choice for this quirky role?