With the premiere less than a month away, we think it's time you had a look at How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life).
The brilliant new comedy stars Sarah Chalke (Scrubs, How I Met Your Mother) as Polly. Recently divorced and now a single mom, where can Polly turn during a rocky transitional period in an economic climate that has even the most functional people flailing? To Mom and Dad, of course. In a desperate attempt at stability, Polly scoops up her daughter and moves back home.
Sarah Chalke is brilliant at playing roles like Polly, a hopeful person in a hapless situation. That was often the essence of her two previous major characters, Elliot (Scrubs) and Stella (HIMYM). Plus, she now has plenty of experience at being a mom.
In this situation, Polly is exactly that. Yet, she's also a little more high-strung than the characters Chalke has played before. Polly is a modern but sheltering parent. She wants to be there for her daughter's every screeching halt, ready to throw out her mom arm and keep her little girl from flying through a window or crashing to the floor.
Polly's laid-back parents are the opposite, though. Her dad, Max (Brad Garrett of Everybody Loves Raymond), and her mother, Elaine (Elizabeth Perkins of Weeds), try to encourage her to be more hands-off and to let her daughter learn from her own mistakes. What ensues will be a constant tug-of-war between the old way and the new way, Polly's way and her parents' way. And along the way, she still has to deal with Julian, the ex-husband (Jon Dore).
How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) is the first comedy from Claudia Lonow and is loosely based on her own life.
During a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Lonow explained the extra-long title, saying, "[The title] got the most laughs because people really relate to it. Like I was driving to the lot and I was telling a guard that I'm working on How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life), and he said, 'Oh my God, I can't wait to see that. My kid just moved in and I can't get him out and that's my worst nightmare.' Or I went in for a checkup with my doctor, and she was telling me that her daughter and her husband and their kid just moved in. So, I mean that it just seemed to resonate with people, and they tested it and it was tested well."
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