For a couple of weeks I’ve been seeing ads on TV for a new sitcom, “Growing Up Fisher.” The ads feature veteran character actor J. K. Simmons, who has been seen in such shows as “Law and Order,” and “The Closer,” as well a mostly very clever series of commercials for Farmers Insurance.
The premise has been – perhaps borrowing not so slightly from Al Pacino’s Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade character in 1992′s “Scent of a Woman” – the situations that dad – who’s blind – gets into – including, just as Colonel Slade did, driving a car.
The commercials look promising – and I was starting to look forward a bit to seeing the show when it premiered. What I didn’t know was that – happy, happy, joy, joy! – was that Jenna Elfman is also in tes show! Boy oh boy, if I wasn’t looking forward to it already, now it’s a “do not miss” and a “Set the DVR!” Jenna is back!
Elfman came to fame as the Dharma in “Dharma and Greg,” which ran for more than 100 episodes from 1997 to 2002. Her character is almost without fail referred to as “wacky” and “free-spirited” – and not without reason.
In “Growing Up Fisher,” a couple’s split seems to actually bring the family closer together. Joyce, the mom, played by Elfman, Joyce displays some of the the same sort of behavior as Dharma, which, ss noted on Today.com, is fun for the audience, but not much fun for Joyce’s teen daughter Katie, played by Ava DeLuca-Verley. “Just when she needs a mom, her mom’s acting like a teenager, and she’s the mom” said Elfman Tuesday on TODAY, where she was joined by DeLuca-Verley.
So far, I’m still on board and looking forward to the show. I sincerely hope that the commercials don’t show the funniest and best moments of the show. I also hope – and this time I have a little more faith – that the premise is more believable, and has the potential for a longer life, than the upcoming Halle Berry Series, “Extant.” Which premise do you find more believable? Halle Berry as an astronaut (with an android son) who returns from a year in space pregnant with an alien baby, or Jenna Elfman as a sometimes immature divorced mom who tries her daughter’s patience? This one’s easy.