The new ABC series Imaginary Mary is one of the riskiest sitcoms of the year, starring Jenna Elfman as a career-driven woman who gets reacquainted with her imaginary friend as an adult once she opens herself to becoming a part of her boyfriend's family. So, umm, how does that work?
We caught up with Elfman, co-star Stephen Schneider and creator Patrick Osborne (Big Hero 6, Wreck-It Ralph) to discuss the series, which is basically the sweet spot where Ted meets Drop Dead Fred (but appropriate for network TV, of course). Osborne said the tone was especially tricky to nail down, as they tried to make it fun and wacky in the beginning, then deepen the relationship as the season rolls on.
Mary (a computer-animated character voiced by Saturday Night Live's Rachel Dratch) re-appears after being gone for many years and once she's back, she slips back into protective parent mode and doesn't want to leave again. Osborne said the heart of the series is similar to the acclaimed comedy The Goldbergs, being a family comedy with heart and stakes.
Elfman talked about how the imaginary character is in the awkward stage of being born from a child’s mind, with that mischievous attitude, while still trying to fit into an adult world, explaining how this adorable and cute character can be so troublesome and naughty.
Imaginary Mary airs Tuesday nights on ABC at 9:30pm.
Check out the interview below and let us know what you think: