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Alicia Silverstone gets mom role in Bad Mother's Handbook

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 21st 2008 4:22PM
Alicia SilverstoneThe fates have decreed that Alicia Silverstone is meant to play a mother. Earlier this year, she was rumored to be the mother on How I Met Your Mother, but then opted out of that storyline entirely when Britney Spears was inserted in a guest role on the very same episode. The episode went on to do boffo Nielsen numbers, and Alicia's role was played by Sarah Chalke, who may or may not turn out to be mother. Probably not since she's still part of Scrubs, which is moving over to ABC.

Be that as it may, Alicia Silversone has now been officially cast on the pilot Bad Mother's Handbook. Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development) will also appear in the show as Alicia's daughter. This comedy project has been set up at ABC and previously announced in the rush of production greenlighted soon after the writers' strike.

What, you say, how can someone as young as Alicia have a child as old as Alia? Technically, it's doable. Alicia is currently 32 years-old, so either they're going to make her an early starter, or she'll just play older. It's easier playing older than younger, you know. According to the synopsis of the pilot, Alicia's character is 32 years old and has a 16-year-old daughter. Also in the mix is Alicia's 48 year-old mama -- still uncast.

This is Alicia's latest attempt at series success. NBC's Miss Match (2003) was promising, but fizzled out after less than a season. NBC tried again in 2006, plugging Alicia into The Singles Table. That show was yanked after five episodes. Other projects that never went far include Queen B for Fox and an ABC pilot called Pink Collar.

Alicia's a good comic actress, perhaps destined to have a hit series. Time will tell if Bad Mother's Handbook will do the trick.

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>NBC tried again in 2006, plugging Alicia into The Singles >Table. That show was yanked after five episodes.

I'm pretty sure nbc never aired any of that show.

April 22 2008 at 4:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

32 with a 16 year old daughter? Sounds suspiciously familiar.

April 21 2008 at 7:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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