Imaginary Mary will bring back some childhood memories in March 2017.
The ABC comedy series features a fictional friend named Mary, who reappears in front of Alice, her now grown-up creator. The public relations executive fell in love with a father of three, Ben, hoping that he will guide her. Mary will try to convince Alice to dump Ben and his family.
The show’s official synopsis reads:
“Alice is a fiercely independent career woman whose life is turned upside-down when she meets the love of her life—a divorced father with three kids. This triggers even more upheaval when the slightly unhinged imaginary friend she created as a child suddenly reappears to help her navigate the transition from single girl to a woman ready for a family.”
The cast includes Friends With Benefits actress Jenna Elfman (Alice) and Stephen Schneider (Ben). The CGI character, Mary, was voiced by former SNL star Rachel Dratch.
What We Know About Imaginary Mary
Executive producer Adam F. Goldberg revealed that the original design of Mary is a little bit scary. “The comment was across the board when we tested was that the monster looked scary. But it was always our intention to redesign it,” he said.
Elfman admitted that doing the ABC show is more challenging than she did for the animated movie Looney Tunes: Back in Action in 2003, The Wrap reported. During Television Critics Association press tour, the actress said, “When we were filming ‘Looney Tunes,’ we had men in green suits, green screens, green little balls on sticks … For this, because it’s CGI, it’s a whole different approach to animation; we had rehearsal with a stunt, life-size puppet.” The puppet, however, would be taken away once the rehearsals are done and Elfman will act alone.
The show was created by executive producers Patrick Osborne and David Guarascio. Osborne won an Oscar for the best animated short film, The Feast, two years ago. He discussed the idea of doing a family series with an imaginary friend to ABC. The concept complements Guarascio’s story, whose wife is also a stepmom.
According to Deadline, ABC cut the episode order for the new series from 13 to 9 episodes because of the challenges in doing an animation TV series.
Imaginary Mary is set to premiere on March 29, 2017 (Wed) at 8:30 p.m. in ABC. The series will then move to its regular time slot, Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. on April 4.
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