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Girls in The Hood

by Mindy Monez September 8, 2008 1:56 pm
Now that the fall TV season is in full swing the time has come for a deluge of the second most exciting kind of pilot news in the biz. I am of course talking about the mid-season replacement shows! They are upon us! They are among us! They are being made in Tinsel Town as we speak! One in particular caught my eye this morning, first and foremost for its fabulous cast and then for its potential for being family-friendly without being a piece of crap. ABC has ordered 13 episodes of In the Motherhood, starring Chelsea Handler, Megan Mullally and Cheryl Hines as three moms and best girlfriends who (I hope) make great television and are able to blaze a new trail for family shows that are not According to Jim. Or it could go... another way.

The show is based on an online series Handler starred in with Leah Remini and Jenny McCarthy that I knew nothing about but that I'm definitely going to check out now, which took its storylines from real-life tales of motherhood from across the country. Remini and McCarthy aren't expected to be involved in the TV update, (Remini's got that awesome talk show to create and all), but the new casting is so stellar I don't think the series will miss them. I know it's a mommy show, but am I wrong for being excited for it? I loved Notes from the Underbelly, and this feels like it lives somewhere in the vicinity of the same world. Or it could be like if Two and a Half Men had three women and several more than one kid instead. I know better than to get my hopes up.

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