Pilot Scoop: Jane Kaczmarek to Play the Overbearing Mom of Fox's Friends & Family

JANE KJane Kaczmarek is the final series regular to join Fox’s Friends & Family pilot, TVLine has learned.

The single-camera project is an adaptation of the British comedy Gavin & Stacey, which follows two very different lovers who try to make a long-distance relationship work.

The project is written by David Rosen (I Just Want My Pants Back), with Jane Tranter, Julie Gardner, Henry Normal and Gavin & Stacey creators James Corden and Ruth Jones also serving as EPs.

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Kaczmarek will play Pam, an overbearing, Real Housewife-esque Upper West Sider with zero verbal filter and little volume control. She’s the mother of Jason Ritter’s Gavin and the wife of Kurt Fuller’s Michael.

Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls), Kerri Kenney (Reno 911!) and Dustin Ybarra were previously cast in the project.

Kaczmarek is best known as Lois, Malcolm in the Middle‘s beleaguered mom. She’s also appeared on The MiddleRaising the BarLaw & Order: SVU and Whitney.


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  1. Jon says:

    Jane couldn’t play anything but overbearing.

  2. london12 says:

    even though i hate that america is remaking gavin and stacey but i approve the casting of jane!!!!

  3. Jose Belmonte says:

    The cast is shaping up to be QUITE something.

  4. Josh Emerson says:

    She’s the final regular? What about Nessa?

    • Bob says:

      According to IMDB, Nessa is being portrayed by Ashlie Atkinson. Among a host of TV one-offs, she played Theresa on Rescue Me for several episodes.

  5. sheri says:

    How is she going to make this role different than her roles on Malcolm in the Middle and The Middle? Maybe they should rename this show Friends and Family in the Middle.

  6. Whatever says:

    Sounds like Malcom in the Middle Mom 2013
    However Jane did win a lot of Emmys playing Malcom’s Mom

  7. Bob says:

    Another Mom role. Well, at least this time it sounds like she’ll be a Upper Class Mom instead of Middle Class.