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.

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22 Comments
  1. Eddie says:

    This show sounds TERRIBLE.

  2. stevie says:

    wait, elfman is not busy waiting for xenu’s return to earth?

  3. wmjindsm says:

    I liked the preview. I wish Parker Posey was still there.

  4. Moriarty's pocket protector says:

    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!

  5. jmette says:

    And so continues the TV trend of sitcom wives who are ONE HUNDRED MILLION GAZILLION levels of hotness higher than their husbands.

  6. Jan says:

    I love Jenna Elfman, but she deserves a good show, and I’m not sure this is it.

  7. There must be something better out there ... says:

    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.

  8. Zach says:

    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.

    • There must be something better out there ... says:

      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.

  9. JJ says:

    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.

    • YeahRight says:

      Um… the show’s ‘lead in’ (About A Boy) will have The Voice as a ‘lead in’.

      • Good luck with that theory says:

        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’?

      • SJ says:

        So this show will be the New Normal to About a Boy’s Go On is what you’re saying. :D

  10. Chris H says:

    I liked Accidentally on Purpose. Family Guide sounds like a dud but if Jenna is in it i’ll give it a shot.

  11. Olive says:

    Parker Posey is too good for this show anyway. She dodged a bullet.

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