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Shhh, Don't Speak: Dianne Wiest Cast in FOX Comedy

Emily Gilmore, prepare to meet your successor.

FOX has announced that it has cast Dianne Wiest in a recurring role on Amy Sherman Palladino's midseason comedy The Return of Jezebel James.

What's that? Dianne Wiest in a weekly comedy? Yep.

Wiest will play Talia, the mother of children's book editor Sarah Tompkins (Parker Posey) and bohemian sister Coco (Lauren Ambrose).

Wiest is best known for her roles in such films as Hannah and Her Sisters, Bullets Over Broadway, Edward Scissorhands, and The Birdcage (among many, many others).
While I really hope that the series has been majorly reworked before its midseason launch (you can read my review of the pilot here), I'm still a little curious to see what Sherman-Palladino does with her troika of indie stars in a multi-camera environment...

Comments

I was at the taping of the pilot episode for the Return of Jezebel James. While the premise is a bit out-there, it was a pretty cute show. I just don't see it staying for the long haul.
I really, really hope that they've reworked the pilot. The version I saw was a mess but there's so much potential there...especially with such an amazing female cast. Fingers crossed.
Anonymous said…
I saw this earlier and I wasn't even that excited - the pilot was such a mess. I don't have a lot of hope, even from ASP.

I am also hearing they really reworked the Dirty Sexy Money pilot. I hope it helped!
Anonymous said…
Well, color me re-stoked!! I actually ASP needs a crazy premise and the strongest possible cast and creative team to handle it in order bring a quality show. Much of the mess of the pilot could be solved by the other departments (camera, costume, etc.) pulling back and supporting the writing, rather than trying to upstage it. FBC -- we know where the jokes are.
And as much as I love "The Office", et al, I want a snappy comedy on the air, too. ASP is a great writer of crackly comedic dialog, and I miss her voice. I can't wait for midseason!

--SD
Anonymous said…
I love Dianne Wiest but she can't save this terrible show. Unless Fox decides to ditch the multi-cam format, this show just isn't going to work.

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