Will Imaginary Mary be the first TV show to be cancelled by ABC in the upcoming season? Well, probably not, because it premieres mid-season, but its future looks less bright, today. Deadline reports the Alphabet Network has trimmed the first season order from 13 episodes to nine. The upcoming sitcom stars Jenna Elfman, Stephen Schneider, Rachel Dratch, Nicholas Coombe, Matreya Scarrwener, and Erica Tremblay.
According to the report, while ABC was happy with the live-action sections of the hybrid sitcom, they were better received than were the CGI portions. “A decision was made to make some tweaks to the animation which require more time to complete. As a result, the series would be ready later than originally expected and the network would need fewer episodes to finish the season.”
In case you missed it, here is the official Imaginary Mary TV series trailer from ABC. Judging by it, it is quirky and surreal a la Scrubs, but it is hard to tell if the show has legs. Watch it and then hit up the comments, and tell us what you think.
Here is more on the Imaginary Mary TV show, from ABC.
Alice (Jenna Elfman, “Dharma & Greg,” “Friends With Benefits,” “EDtv”) is a fiercely independent career woman whose life is turned upside-down when she meets the love of her life – a divorced father with three kids. This triggers even more upheaval when the slightly unhinged imaginary friend she created as a child suddenly reappears to help her navigate the transition from single girl to a woman ready for a family.
The series stars Jenna Elfman as Alice, Stephen Schneider as Ben, Rachel Dratch as Mary (VO), Nicholas Coombe as Andy, Matreya Scarrwener as Dora and Erica Tremblay as Bunny.
The live action/CGI hybrid comes from “The Goldbergs” team Adam F. Goldberg (writer/executive producer), David Guarascio (writer/executive producer) and Doug Robinson (executive producer). Mary CG animation is designed by Patrick Osborne (creator of Academy Award- winning animated short, “The Feast”), who is also executive producer. The pilot was directed by Shawn Levy (“Night at the Museum,” “Cheaper by the Dozen”), who is also executive producer. The series is a co-production with Sony Pictures Television, Happy Madison and ABC Studios.
What do you think? Did you enjoy the Imaginary Mary TV series trailer? Does it look like a show you would watch? Do you think it is likely to be cancelled or renewed by ABC? Tell us.