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Bravo's 'Odd Mom Out' an "Extension of Trashy Novels," Star Jill Kargman Says
Bravo is furthering its scripted efforts with Odd Mom Out.
The half-hour comedy based on Jill Kargman's 2007 novel, Momzillas, marks the cable network's second original scripted series, following the successful launch of hourlong dramedy Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce. The author herself stars in the series, which bows June 8, as a satirical version of herself, Jill Weber, who is forced to navigate the wealthy mommy clique that dominates New York’s Upper East Side.
Rounding out the cast of the ten-episode series is Andy Buckley as Jill's husband, Joanna Cassidy as the family matriarch, and Sean Kleier as Jill's brother-in-law, with Abby Elliott as his wife and queen of the town's rich "mombots." The show follows the mother of three as she is pressured to conform to the elite ecosystem around her.
"It's an extension of those trashy novels I've been writing for years. It grew pretty organically out of that," joked Kargman, who also writes and executive produces the show, Thursday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. "I know that world cold — I grew up in it, and I’m raising kids in it. I have 87 seasons of this shit."
"The most insane stories on this show are real," added Elisa Zuritsky, who serves as a showrunner on the series alongside Julie Rottenberg. "Sometimes we had to dial it back."
Kargman credits her parents with keeping her from turning into one of the "momzillias" she writes about. "They taught me to have a sense of humor about it," she said on stage, emphasizing the importance of having perspective. "I felt divorced from all that over-the-top money."