If you were a fan of NBC’s “Best Friends Forever,” then you’ll love “Playing House” on USA Network. These real-life best friends team up for another laugh-out-loud, half-hour show. Maggie Caruso (Lennon Parham) and Emma Crawford (Jessica St. Clair) have been besties forever and grew up together, supporting each other in every way possible. Maggie is pregnant with her first child and finds out, at her baby shower of all places, that her husband has been engaging in crazy online porn activities. Emma decides to drop everything, including her career, to move in and help Maggie raise the baby.
Lennon and Jessica are smart, funny and have an amazing chemistry that definitely shines in this adorable comedy. They came up through the ranks in the Upright Citizens Brigade and not only star in the series, but they’re the creators, writers and executive producers. While at NBC’s Summer Press Day, Jessica St. Clair said that they “modeled our writers room after ‘Everybody Loves Raymond,’ so from 9-5 so we could live our lives and have something to write about.” Lennon was 8 months pregnant while filming the pilot and jokingly said, “there was a real baby in there that is now living with me.”
Expect to see some pretty hilarious guest stars including Jane Kaczmarek, Zach Woods, Keegan Michael Key, Lindsay Sloane and Bobby Moynihan. “We were very conscious of writing guest star spots with our friends in mind,” said Jessica.
To get you pumped for this female-driven comedy, I’ve included a couple of clips from the show below. If “Steve Can Do It” doesn’t “do it” for you, then I don’t know what will.
2 Friends. 1 Baby. No Clue.
Playing House premieres Tuesday, April 29 at 10 p.m. on USA.
USA Network Synopsis: Childhood best friends Maggie Caruso (Lennon Parham, “Best Friends Forever”) and Emma Crawford (Jessica St. Clair, “Best Friends Forever”) have shared countless adventures growing up together in the charming town of Pinebrook, Conn. Now, Maggie and Emma are in store for one of their biggest adventures — raising a baby. When Maggie discovers that her husband Bruce (Brad Morris, “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World”), is having an online affair with a muscular German woman, Emma gives up her burgeoning business career in China to stay in their hometown and help Maggie raise her baby. Now, as Maggie prepares for the birth of her first child and deals with the fallout of her marriage ending, Emma must confront the past that she abruptly left behind thirteen years ago: her first love and local cop, Mark (Keegan-Michael Key, “Key and Peele”), her prim-and-proper mother (Jane Kaczmarek, “Malcom in the Middle”) and a small town that she’s never felt comfortable in. Despite their differences – Emma is brash, bold, and assertive while Maggie is grounded, rational, and safe. The women complement each other the way only best friends can, by facing the challenges of their past, present and future–together.
In addition to St. Clair and Parham, “Playing House” is executive produced by Scot Armstrong (“Old School,” “Hangover 2”) of American Work, Judah Miller (“American Dad”) and Ravi Nandan (“Hesher”). The series is produced by Universal Cable Productions.