(In this new series, I’ll review the pilot scripts that have been picked up for series contention - before they’ve even been shot.)
Well, ABC’s clearly looking for a companion to The Middle. But companion should not equal clone. Nonetheless, Jenna Elfman has signed onto this one, so you can bet it’ll be on the air.
Bad Mom centers on Julia (Elfman), whose parenting philosophy is “I want my friends to be brought up the way I was… by my mother.” It’s a funny notion, but it doesn’t carry through in the pilot. Julia’s mother, Marian (Frances Conroy), has basically raised the kids for them, and now she wants out. This leaves Julia & her husband Kevin (Ted Lacey) painfully unprepared for dealing with the trials of everyday life raising kids.