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

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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.


Comments (10)

  • Jane couldn’t play anything but overbearing.

    Comment by Jon – March 13, 2013 05:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • even though i hate that america is remaking gavin and stacey but i approve the casting of jane!!!!

    Comment by london12 – March 13, 2013 05:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The cast is shaping up to be QUITE something.

    Comment by Jose Belmonte – March 13, 2013 05:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree! Definitely tuning in for this if it makes the cut (here’s hoping)!

      Comment by Philipp – March 14, 2013 04:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • She’s the final regular? What about Nessa?

    Comment by Josh Emerson – March 14, 2013 07:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Bob – March 15, 2013 08:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by sheri – March 14, 2013 10:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sounds like Malcom in the Middle Mom 2013
    However Jane did win a lot of Emmys playing Malcom’s Mom

    Comment by Whatever – March 14, 2013 10:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • She didn’t win any Emmys, she was only nominated.

      Comment by steven – March 14, 2013 11:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Another Mom role. Well, at least this time it sounds like she’ll be a Upper Class Mom instead of Middle Class.

    Comment by Bob – March 15, 2013 08:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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