EXCLUSIVE: “Odd Mom Out” Executive Producer and Star Jill Kargman on Her New Bravo Series
Early last month, Bravo announced they were adding two scripted series to their lineup, one being “Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce,” and the other being “Odd Mom Out.” During the NBC Upfront, Kargman opened up to CableTV about the upcoming series.
“The pilot is essentially, like, you are just thrown right into this family that has four kids on the Upper East Side and New York is the kind of city where, even if you are doing really well, you can feel like totally middle class because everyone else is wheels up and swinging Prada shopping bags with drivers in cocaine-white Escalades and private school and country houses and Aspen condos,” Kargman detailed.
In the half-hour series, which is based loosely on Kargman’s own life in New York, Kargman’s character is, as the title proclaims, the odd one, stuck in the middle of the many uber-wealthy momzillas of her neighborhood.
“I’m trying to raise these kids to be normal and love New York like the way I loved New York in the ’70s,” Kargman said. “I grew up with a ‘no radio’ sign on our car because it was totally scary in New York. I lived on Madison Avenue, but it was like scary New York, like the subway was covered in graffiti and all that, so I feel that there was so much character there.”
“I don’t romanticize that era because there was tons of crime and the city was bankrupt, but I love that there was a rawness and a grittiness to it,” Kargman continued.
Although the trailer for “Odd Mom Out” hasn’t yet been released to the public, CableTV was lucky enough to see a sneak peek at the NBC Upront and from the looks of things, this show is going to be fantastically entertaining. The awkwardness of Kargman’s character paired with the over-the-top moms around her creates a hilarious dynamic and is sure to keep viewers wanting more of Kargman.
“In this sort of manicured dyarama of 10021, the character is navigating how to keep her kids down to earth and have a sense of humor about these hyper competitive moms, most of whom are from like red states and settle here — those are the most competitive, the southern belles,” Kargman added.
Following the announcement of the new series, Lara Spotts, senior vp development at Bravo, told The Hollywood Reporter, “Jill’s unique ability to satirize the very exclusive, ridiculously competitive and highly entertaining world of Manhattan’s momzillas makes “Odd Mom Out” the perfect series to expand Bravo’s slate of scripted programming.”
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