Rumors have been circulating that Jenna Elfman would be joining the upcoming NBC comedy ‘Growing Up Fisher,’ but now it is official. The actress, who is quite familiar with TV comedies, has officially replaced Parker Posey in the show, the Peacock network announced, yesterday.
Despite her short run as First Lady Emily Nash Gilchrist on NBC’s ‘1600 Penn,’ Elfman will return to the network as Joyce Fisher and ex-wife of blind lawyer Mel Fisher, played by ‘Family Tools’ actor J.K. Simmons. The show focuses on their 11-year-old son, Henry (Eli Baker), who is dealing with his parent’s divorce. Ava Deluca-Verley will also appear as Henry’s teenage sister, Katie.
As stated above, Posey was previously slated to appear as Elfman’s character, but chose to leave the project. Reasons were not given for her exit. Originally titled ‘The Family Guide,’ the comedy’s pilot is directed by ‘Friends’ star David Schwimmer and will be narrated/produced by actor Jason Bateman. The ‘Arrested Development’ actor will act as adult Henry’s voice-over and tell the Fisher’s family story.
The upcoming midseason comedy sounds fitting for the blonde actress, as it supposedly will involve some interesting comedic moments. Eflman is no stranger to TV comedies, and found her breakout role as title character Dharma Finkelstein Montgomery in ‘Dharma & Greg.’ Since then, she has gone on to appear in ‘Accidentally on Purpose,’ ‘Shameless’ and ‘Damages.’
Are you excited to see Elfman back on the small screen?