Fall TV Preview

Exclusive: Jenna Elfman In Talks to Replace Parker Posey in NBC's The Family Guide

NUP_149595_0611.jpgFormer 1600 Penn FLOTUS Jenna Elfman may be returning to NBC next season as the female lead in The Family Guide.

TVLine has learned exclusively that the Peacock net is pursuing Elfman to replace the recently-exiled Parker Posey in the single-camera comedy, which is set to debut at midseason.

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The series centers on a son (Eli Baker) who idolizes his blind father (J.K. Simmons) and enjoys his mom’s (Elfman) newfound adolescence after his folks divorce and, ultimately, grow closer.

Posey dropped out of the project shortly after it was ordered to series.

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Up All Night‘s DJ Nash (who previously worked with Elfman on CBS’ Accidentally on Purpose) serves as an EP on the project alongside Jason Bateman and Jim Garavente. Friends‘ grad David Schwimmer directed the pilot.



Comments (22)

  • This show sounds TERRIBLE.

    Comment by Eddie – May 30, 2013 10:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I don’t know that anything could be worse than Accidentally on Purpose, but I agree.

      Comment by Ann VerWiebe – May 30, 2013 12:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • wait, elfman is not busy waiting for xenu’s return to earth?

    Comment by stevie – May 30, 2013 10:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • While you are waiting for Jesus’s return? What’s the difference?

      Comment by Alienate – May 30, 2013 11:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Why are you assuming the original poster is Christian? The comment he made was dumb but it almost didn’t deserve a reply.

        Comment by Rob – May 30, 2013 11:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • It was a question. Not a statement. My point simply is: What difference do her personal beliefs have to do with anything?

          Comment by Alienate – May 30, 2013 01:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • it’s called a joke….
            Google it.

            Comment by Nick C – May 31, 2013 08:33 AM PDT  
  • I liked the preview. I wish Parker Posey was still there.

    Comment by wmjindsm – May 30, 2013 10:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why do they insist on the wife being so much younger than poor old JK Simmons? It doesn’t make any sense and it’ll just ruin the show!

    Comment by Moriarty's pocket protector – May 30, 2013 11:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • If the character is specifically written to be younger than him, then it makes perfect sense.

      Comment by Superhero – May 30, 2013 11:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • And so continues the TV trend of sitcom wives who are ONE HUNDRED MILLION GAZILLION levels of hotness higher than their husbands.

    Comment by jmette – May 30, 2013 11:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love Jenna Elfman, but she deserves a good show, and I’m not sure this is it.

    Comment by Jan – May 30, 2013 12:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I hate to say this, but if I were JE, I’d turn down the offer by NBC. I think she’d be better off staying low for a time, and then try to catch on with a brand new pilot next winter [if she decides to go down that comedy series path again.] That would give her a better chance to try another network as well. NBC is not going to have a good comedy series success rate next season, why be a part of that spiral? Anyone believe ‘Family Guide’ has a chance of success, w/wo JE?

    Better to wait for something better and not be ‘someone’s second choice’ for a role. If nothing better comes along, so be it. It is time for her to hold out and not just take another series [Accidently Purpose, Courting Alex, 1600] that isn’t right for her. The nets/producers should be developing a series ‘for her’, not tossing some half-baked idea at her that other actresses are rejecting. I think JE deserves better than that.

    Let them/NBC give this role to Anne Heche, and good luck NBC.

    Comment by There must be something better out there ... – May 30, 2013 12:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I actually think this could be a hit. It’s an original concept, everyone loves JK Simmons and Jason Bateman is narrating/EPing. The timeslot isn’t great, but it might have a shot. And Elfman deserves it way more than Anne Heche. If anyone should have this role, it’s Judy Greer.

    Comment by Zach – May 30, 2013 12:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I was attempting [unsuccessfully?] some humor in the Anne Heche comment. Anytime there is a series in trouble, or a really bad concept for a pilot, I always bring out the ‘ole “give it to Anne Heche” line. That said, Judy Greer would be terrific. However, the same thought – almost everything Judy does she does well. Has she reached a point where she also deserves better than being tossed a role/series that other actresses are rejecting?

      NBC and the producers may need to try a new, unknown actress for this role. That’s why actresses are looking towards cable – Elfman and Greer may want to at least consider that option if they haven’t already.

      As a prior comment noted, this series is scheduled for winter season, NBC will not promote it properly (even w/Olympics), and even if they do, so what? Look what NBC did to Go On. That show was pumped up via the 2012 Summer Olympics, had good numbers following Voice, did the best it could following Betty White, and still, NBC killed it off by May. What chance do these mid-season series like ‘About a Boy’ and ‘Family Guide’ have at NBC? If Greenblatt does not turn NBC around, what will the new head at NBC do? He/she will clean house again at NBC – these BG shows won’t survive if Greenblatt doesn’t last.

      Comment by There must be something better out there ... – May 30, 2013 03:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • A mid season NBC comedy is only gonna get cancelled by the end of the season or burned off during the Summer. Doesn’t sound like the network has much faith in this show from the start. Another cancelled show starring Jenna Elfman is not a good look.

    Comment by JJ – May 30, 2013 01:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Um… the show’s ‘lead in’ (About A Boy) will have The Voice as a ‘lead in’.

      Comment by YeahRight – May 30, 2013 01:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yeah, Voice as a lead-in! All our troubles are over! Crank up the syndication deal with USA Networks – 100 episodes here we come!! Really? Voice as a lead-in….for how long? Three and out? NBC cannot (and will not) wait around for series to ‘catch fire’. Revolution was/is unique. A couple of ‘family comedies’ placed behind a demo-strong ‘Voice’? Revolution and Voice share the same demo – can the same be said for a couple of family-friendly comedies? What demo is ‘About a Boy’ and ‘Family Guide’ going after? Not the Voice demo. When the demo numbers comes back on these two comedies, they will be relocated elsewhere, and NBC will quickly slot something else to see if it can catch fire. How does Friday night at 8pm sound for ‘About a Boy’ and ‘Family Guide’?

        Comment by Good luck with that theory – May 30, 2013 03:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • So this show will be the New Normal to About a Boy’s Go On is what you’re saying. :D

        Comment by SJ – May 30, 2013 03:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Yes. :) I don’t mean to sound cruel, but this is NBC we are talking about.

          Comment by Good luck with that theory – May 30, 2013 03:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I liked Accidentally on Purpose. Family Guide sounds like a dud but if Jenna is in it i’ll give it a shot.

    Comment by Chris H – May 30, 2013 01:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Parker Posey is too good for this show anyway. She dodged a bullet.

    Comment by Olive – May 30, 2013 11:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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