Among the things I don’t particularly care for in this wide, wide entertainment world are a) Jenna Elfman; b) TV shows that too transparently try to imitate a successful recent movie; c) Shows about formerly free-spirited women learning responsibility and family values. So naturally I’m totally psyched about the announcement of “Accidentally on Purpose”:
Jenna Elfman has been cast in the lead of the CBS comedy pilot “Accidentally on Purpose.”
Elfman will play a femme movie critic in San Francisco who gets pregnant after a one-night stand and decides to raise the child with its much-younger father.
This was obviously pitched to the network as “Knocked Up without the swear words,” but it also sounds a bit like the time Roz on Frasier got pregnant by a much younger man, except that she didn’t actually raise the child with (or have sexual tension with) the father.
The odd thing about my reaction to Jenna Elfman is that I don’t have the same dislike for Lauren Graham, who is virtually the same actor — looks similar, acts similar, sounds similar, is almost the same height. Yet the wacky, tall, funny-voice, free-spirit act always seemed less forced coming from her than it did from Elfman. I can’t really explain why I feel that way, though.