12:06pm PT by Philiana Ng
'Whitney' Books Jane Kaczmarek for Recurring Role
In recasting news, new NBC comedy Whitney has snagged television veteran Jane Kaczmarek to play Whitney's mother.
Kaczmarek, best known for her stint on Malcolm in the Middle, will be replacing Beverly D'Angelo who played the role in the pilot, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. Those scenes will now be reshot.
The multicamera comedy, starring comedian Whitney Cummings, revolves around a happily unmarried couple Whitney (Cummngs) and Alex (Chris D'Elia). In the series, Whitney's mother is opinionated and has had several unsuccessful marriages.
Debuting Sept. 22, Whitney will air in the post-The Office time slot on Thursday nights and will serve as a lead-in to the U.S. version of Prime Suspect.
After starring in Malcolm in the Middle, Kaczmarek appeared as a judge on TNT's Raising the Bar, FX's Wilfred and ABC's Help Me Help You.
Showrunner Betsy Thomas said that the Whitney character was inspired by Cummings -- to a degree. "Her personality is a ball of energy and sometimes she can take things to the extreme. We've used that to inspire some of the things that she does," said Thomas during the Television Critics Assoc. press tour.
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