Enter the UFC. "You got to be able to box, jiu-jitsu," she said excitedly. "It's wrestling, it's on the ground."
But don't look for Pressly to train up to get into the ring any time soon. When Handler asked her if she'd ever been in a fight with a girl, Pressly admitted that she had, but dismissed it. "Yeah, but when I was 17," she said. For now, at least, she'll stick to acting.
With that said, let me begin.
The premise of 'I Hate My Teenage Daughter' is this: two moms -- best friends -- were nerds growing up, and they spoil their daughters in an attempt to provide them with the perfect youth they didn't have. Instead, they've raised monsters. The show gets going when both women are called into school because their daughters have locked a wheelchair-bound fellow student in the bathroom.
Before we all link arms and dance a jig of glee about the number of ladies in the realm of TV comedy, a few reminders are in order: First, this trend is long overdue, given that women have always been funny (yes, even before Tina Fey), and this fall's uptick in female representation doesn't erase the fact that, as I explored in this story, the overall number of female writers in the TV industry is shrinking.
Also, the sad fact is, women are as capable of writing a misogynist, soul-killing TV comedy as anyone else. Exhibit A: 'I Hate My Teenage Daughter,' a shrieky nightmare that premieres 9:30PM ET on Fox.
Pressly described the dynamic between the mom and daughter characters. "Growing up, we clearly were not in the 'in' crowd and we were not the 'cool peeps' either so we want our kids to have everything we never did." Finneran added, "We're just trying to get their love. Win their love, buy their love, steal their love."
I Hate my Teenage Daughter - Friday December 2, 9PM ET/PT, Global and Wednesday November 30, 9:30 PM ET/PT, Fox
Well now, this is a strange time of year to debut a new show. The fact that Fox has moved the debut of this comedy around could be a sign they don't have a ton of faith in it, or it could mean nothing at all. With Jaime Pressly ('My Name is Earl') in a lead role, it's bound to have some attitude. She plays one of two moms who discover that their pampered kids have turned into bullying, spoiled mean girls. I think this premise has a ton of potential actually -- I just hope the script has more subtlety than the title.
Jamie Pressly Lands 'I Hate My Teenage Daughter' Pilot Lead, 'Law & Order: SVU' ADA Returns and More Casting News
According to Deadline, the former 'My Name Is Earl' star has landed the lead alongside Katie Finneran in the Fox comedy pilot 'I Hate My Teenage Daughter.' The show focuses on two women who come to realize their daughters have grown to become the same type of mean girls who tortured them in high school.
In other TV news ...
• 'Hung' is adding new blood in the form of two recurring characters for next season. Leven Rambin, who's currently guesting on 'One Tree Hill,' will play a love interest for Ray, while Stephen Amell will play a rival gigolo. [TV Line]
• A slew of actors have signed on to broadcast pilots, including Ellen Woglom and Ravi Patel as the leads in the ABC comedy 'My Freakin' Family.' Also nabbing pilot roles are Janet McTeer in 'Weekends at Bellevue,' Zoe Lister in NBC's Whitney Cummings comedy, Wes Ramsey in 'Playboy' and Lana Parrilla in 'Once Upon a Time.' [Deadline]
• A familiar face is returning to 'Law & Order: SVU.' Diane Neal will reprise her role as ADA Casey Novak for one episode in the spring. [TV Line]
The old band is getting back together, so to speak.
Jaime Pressly and Ethan Suplee, who costarred on Greg Garcia's 'My Name Is Earl,' are scheduled to drop by Garcia's new show, 'Raising Hope,' toward the end of the season, Entertainment Weekly reports.
The pair will play a married couple who lives down the street from the Chance family. "Burt and Virginia sort of become involved in their life more than they want to," Garcia told EW. "They become entangled in some drama that's going on at the Suplee-Pressley household."
In other TV casting news ...
• Jesse Metcalfe has landed a lead role on TNT's 'Dallas' reboot. The 'Desperate Housewives' actor will play Christopher, the adopted son of Bobby and Pam Ewing. [Deadline]
• Amanda Peet and Minnie Driver are in talks to join two different NBC pilots. Peet will likely join the cast of 'Bent,' a single-camera comedy about a single mom trying not to fall for her hunky contractor. Driver is in talks to join 'Free Agents,' the romantic comedy from 'Party Down' co-creator John Enbom. [The Hollywood Reporter]
• 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' is getting a new boss for season 10. Jay O. Sanders is joining the final season of the show, which is scheduled to premiere on USA May 1. [TV Line]
Pam (guest star Jaime Pressly) is the couple's first choice as their potential surrogate. But that's before she runs into Russell (David Spade, playing the traditional "David Spade as a horny jerk" character). Russell tries to seduce Pam as soon as she leaves the Binghams' apartment. Not good.
The untitled, multi-camera comedy is set in the Steel City and revolves around unmarried couple Tommy ('Worst Week' star Kyle Bornheimer, who bit the dust as a guest spy on last night's 'Chuck') and Gina, and their group of friends. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Pressly plays a veterinarian who is Tommy's BFF and co-worker at the Pittsburgh Zoo.
Admittedly, the name Jaime Pressly springs more to mind one of the 'Poison Ivy' movies rather than her Emmy-winning role on 'My Name is Earl,' but obviously other people feel differently. She's just been cast in a supporting role in the as-yet-untitled comedy pilot from the creators of 'How I Met Your Mother,' about an unmarried couple that live in Pittsburgh.
It's somewhat understandable why Pressly didn't get the lead role. For one thing, it's about a younger couple and sadly Pressly is only aging upwards. For another, a supporting role would likely allow her to use her terrific comedic acting chops much better than a straight-laced lead role. In the right circumstances, television supporting characters can be more memorable than the leads and make the show more of an ensemble.
After her terrific acting in 'Earl,' it's only surprising it took this long to get another role. Considering that both Jason Lee and Ethan Suplee have already landed other television roles as well, there must be life after 'Earl.'
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The actress will play a potential surrogate mother for long-time marrieds Jeff (Patrick Warburton) and Audrey (Megyn Price). The series, which looks at different stages of relationships between men and women, also stars David Spade, Oliver Hudson and Bianca Kajlich.
Did Earl ever finish his list? I haven't seen the show in a couple of seasons (though I really liked the first season or so), and I ask because, well, this could turn out to be His Name Was Earl, since NBC is very close to saying bye-bye to the sitcom. How does this rank as a series finale if this season finale does indeed turn out to be a series finale?
I think it's safe to say that My Name Is Earl is a prime example of a show that has lost its buzz. Remember when everyone was talking about how good and clever this show was? Now, even though it still leads off NBC's Thursday night schedule, it's not really a show that viewers talk about a lot. Of course, "buzz" doesn't necessarily equal quality, so tell me, are you still watching, and is it still as good as it used to be? It has to be good - Geraldo Rivera was in this episode!
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