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The cast alone is reason enough to look forward to Trophy Wife, but the trailer does a great job of selling the comedy, which stars Malin Akerman as the young bride to Bradley Whitford's Pete, who's now on his third marriage. The story centers on Akerman's Kate and her attempts to adjust to the responsibilities of being a mother to her husband's kids, one of whom is plyed by the hilarious kid from Super 8 (Ryan Scott Lee). To make matters more challenging for Kate, Marcia Gay Harden's Diana - one of the ex-wives - is an intense, over-achieving doctor with a chip on her shoulder.
Here's ABC's description for the series, which is set to air between fellow newcomer family-focused comedy The Goldbergs and lottery drama Lucky 7 on Tuesday nights.
They say the third time's the charm, and reformed party girl Kate (Malin Akerman) is hoping that's true when she becomes Pete's (Bradley Whitford) third wife. She fell into his arms (literally) at a karaoke bar, and a year later Kate's got an insta-family, complete with three stepchildren and two ex-wives. Diane (Marcia Gay Harden) is ex-wife number one, an intense, over-achieving doctor and the mother of twin teenagers Hillary (Gianna LePera) and Warren (Ryan Scott Lee). Diane is quick to convey her withering disapproval of Kate's barely tapped maternal instinct. Ex-wife number two, Jackie (Michaela Watkins), is mother to adopted son Bert (Albert Tsai), and can pull Pete's strings with her special blend of neurotic, new-ageyness. Juggling all this baggage is uncharted territory for Kate, who finds support with her best friend Meg (Natalie Morales), a party-hearty singleton and the only woman Kate knows who has less experience with kids than she has.
"Trophy Wife" stars Malin Akerman ("Suburgatory") as Kate, Bradley Whitford ("The West Wing") as Pete, Marcia Gay Harden ("Into the Wild," "Damages") as Diane, Michaela Watkins ("Saturday Night Live") as Jackie, Natalie Morales ("90210") as Meg, Ryan Scott Lee ("Super 8") as Warren, Albert Tsai ("How I Met Your Mother") as Bert and Gianna LePera ("Modern Family") as Hillary.
"Trophy Wife" is written and executive-produced by Emily Halpern & Sarah Haskins, executive produced by Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky ("The Office"), produced by Malin Ackerman. The pilot was directed by Jason Moore ("Pitch Perfect," "Avenue Q"). "Trophy Wife" is from ABC Studios.
I've been a fan of Malin Akerman since The Comeback, so I'm especially excited to see how she does in her return to television. Based on the trailer - not to mention the title - she's at the center of this series, which will hopefully benefit from airing in the hour that follows Joss Whedon's new series. There's also the great Bradley Whitford and Marcia Gay Harden to look forward to. Trophy Wife has a lot going for it out of the gate, and there were some stand-out funny moments in the trailer. Hopefully the series delivers.
ABC has Trophy Wife scheduled to air Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET. Check out the full ABC Fall 2013 schedule here.
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