Word of Jenna Fischer agreeing to star in the pilot came down today from The Hollywood Reporter. The pilot, titled Splitting Up Together, is currently in the works at ABC. The comedy is based on a Danish series that focuses on a couple whose fractured relationship is actually reignited by their divorce. Fischer will play Lena, who's struggling with her new post-divorce life, even as she continues to be way more prepared for most things in life than many people. Lena is also trying to learn new ways to deal with her ex-husband, Martin, who has a super laid back way of raising their three kids, which has always annoyed her. Kapnek is writing the script for the pilot and will serve as an executive producer, along with Ellen DeGeneres and others.
Jenna Fischer helped to make The Office part of NBC's must see TV lineup from 2005-2013. Her Pam Beesly was quiet, artistic and frequently awed by the chaos that often ensued at work, but, as we all know, she at least had a good friend there in salesman Jim Halpert. She was often a player in Jim's tendency to prank their co-worker, Dwight, and their romantic tension and eventual relationship drove a good portion of the series. There are probably few Office fans who didn't root for Jim and Pam at some point during the show's run.
While she's certainly best known for her part on The Office, Jenna Fischer has appeared in several other television projects since her tenure as Pam ended, and has also been in several films since she began her stint on that popular show. Fischer has been in films such as Slither, Blades of Glory, A Little Help and Are You Here. Her recent TV appearances have included You, Me and the Apocalypse, The Mysteries of Laura, The Grinder, Drunk History and The Guest Book. Fischer was also a part of the main cast of the CBS Matt LeBlanc starrer Man With a Plan, but left the project after shooting the pilot when the show was picked up to series and went in a different direction creatively.
Right now, there's no way to know for sure if (or when) Splitting Up Together will hit the airwaves, but we'll keep you up to date on all the details of Jenna Fischer's new show as they become available to us. In the meantime, be sure to check out our midseason TV schedule to see what you can watch on the small screen in the coming months.