12:15pm PT by Rick Porter
NBC's 'I Feel Bad' Ups Brian George, Madhur Jaffrey (Exclusive)
NBC's first-year comedy I Feel Bad is expanding its family.
The show has upped Brian George and Madhur Jaffrey to series regulars after they guest-starred in the show's pilot. The duo play the parents of the lead character, Emet (Sarayu Blue).
Jaffrey plays Maya, Emet's always-around and always-critical mother. She is very traditional and still hasn't come to terms with the fact that Emet is a working mom. As such, Maya believes she needs to make up for what she sees as Emet's shortcomings.
Jaffrey's other credits include roles on Psych and Law & Order: Criminal Intent and in several Merchant-Ivory films, including The Perfect Murder and Cotton Mary, which she co-directed with Ismail Merchant. Jaffrey is also a James Beard Award-winning cookbook author and the mother of Timeless regular Sakina Jaffrey.
George has a recurring part on The Big Bang Theory as Raj's (Kunal Nayyar) father. His other credits include Seinfeld, The Orville, The Expanse and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
I Feel Bad, from Universal TV and showrunner Aseem Batra, centers on Blue's Emet and the push-pull between her wanting to "have it all" and accepting that such a thing isn't really possible. The comedy, which also stars Paul Adelstein, Zach Cherry, Johnny Pemberton and James Buckley, is set to premiere Thursday, Oct. 4, at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
George is repped by Ellis Talent Group; Jaffrey is with Authentic Management and Bloom Hergott.