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Alicia Silverstone to Play a Mother — to Maeby! — for ABC

Alicia Silverstone raised some suspicion that she was the mother after being courted by How I Met Your Mother earlier this year — but then there was that whole Britney Spears dustup, and Sarah Chalke stepped in instead. Now, it turns out Silverstone will be playing a mom — just not, you know, that one — in a new ABC comedy pilot.

Silverstone has been cast in the lead in Bad Mother's Handbook. But that's not all: Alia Shawkat, best known to me as Maeby from Arrested Development, will be playing her daughter. Silverstone's character is Karen, a 32-year-old woman overwhelmed by the demands of caring for her 16-year-old daughter and her 48-year-old mother. (Um, here's hoping Shawkat's character doesn't get pregnant at 16, too?)

Could you see Silverstone and Shawkat as mother and daughter? I'm a little worried that nothing will ever match the dysfunction of the Maeby/Lindsay Bluth dynamic, but I'm just so happy to see Shawkat back on TV that I'd be happy to watch them try! Silverstone hasn't had a great run in the sitcom world lately (her last project, The Singles Table, never aired — and remember Miss Match?), but maybe this one will be better. Your thoughts?

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lily8206 lily8206 8 years
Gilmore Girls but with a young Grandmother?
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 8 years
That kid looks familiar but I cant think of from where. And its not Arrested.
lemuse20 lemuse20 8 years
I love Alicia Silverstone!! :) I was just looking online for some of her movies the other day because I saw Excess Baggage on like 2 weeks ago, and I was wondering "what ever" happened to Alicia???
hartcakes hartcakes 8 years
I am glad to know I am not the only one who loved miss match!!
hartcakes hartcakes 8 years
I am glad to know I am not the only one who loved miss match!!
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
i think i could see this working. i also thought that this would be a less-cool gilmore girls version, filmgirl.
awteena awteena 8 years
i love maeby, and i love cher. i think that's all that needs to be said.
bubbaincal bubbaincal 8 years
I loved Miss Match.
okmaebe okmaebe 8 years
Eeeehhehehehe. I'm all over this. I love the Maeby character. And Alicia Silverstone is always fun to watch.
JennaV JennaV 8 years
I can't see them as mother and daughter at all. I like them both very much but they are too close in age and look it.
schnappycat schnappycat 8 years
I adored Miss Match, and actually just finished rewatching the entire series. It was so cute.
emalove emalove 8 years
I love Alicia!!!! I'll watch her in anything. But I kind of think she looks too young for this role...I know she really IS 32, but when you put her photo next to Alia's, they look more like sisters than mother/daughter. Guess I'll just have to watch and see!
raieven raieven 8 years
Miss Match was so cute!
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
With Alia in it I would say cooler than GG, but I would have to see the show.
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 8 years
Gilmore Girls but less cool?
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