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Alyson Hannigan to Star in Matt Damon/Ben Affleck CBS Pilot


Hardworking Alyson Hannigan has already lined up a post-How I Met Your Mother job as one of the leads in a pilot produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. The show is titled More Time With Family and will also star Tom Papa, who worked with Damon on the movie The Informant. It’s a pilot for CBS with 20th Century Fox Television, which are both involved with HIMYM as well. Seems like a good deal, right? Well, let’s hope the show is better than its description.

The Hollywood Reporter describes the show like this:

Hannigan will co-star opposite Tom Papa in the multicamera comedy about a husband and father (Papa) who makes a career change in order to spend more time with his family. The actress will play Cindy Rizzo, Tom’s wife, who is described as an amazing mother who runs the house like a drill sergeant and has endless energy. She’s tasked with trying to teach Tom how to handle the family.

The way that reads to me is “generic family sitcom with hilarity about how bad dads are at helping around the house!” But, to be fair, it could be a good show – after all, Affleck and Damon are pretty smart dudes and we can always hope they want to do something interesting with this kind of plot.

The fascinating and impressive thing to me is that over the last 20 years, Hannigan has worked so incredibly consistently. Sure, she’s done movies including the successful American Pie movies, but more impressively, for 16 of the last 20 years she’s been a lead actress on a successful TV show between HIMYM and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In between she also guest starred on Veronica Mars which makes her extra awesome in my book. It’s an impressive feat for an actress that started off as the mousy best friend on Buffy and then became so much more over the course of the show. While the quality of HIMYM has certainly been, shall we say, on the downslide recently, Hannigan remains generally delightful.

It’d be great to continue to see her on TV and hopefully this pilot turns out to be more nuanced than it seems. Otherwise, we can always hope it doesn’t get picked up and she finds somethingamazing to act in.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

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  • Lucine

    Well, she and Marshall are the only reason I kept going with HIMYM so long. I will give this a chance.

  • blu girl

    I’m happy for Alyson but yeah, this sounds pretty generic.

  • Anonymous

    I’m really tired of the same old material being recycled. In addition, I think she’s pigeon-holing herself. I’d love to see her take on an action role, something more active and hands-on than Willow’s magic. As it is, I think she’s doing way too many ‘mom’ roles. But she’s a mom herself so that could be the driving force.

  • Erin Treat

    Sounds boring. *yawn*

  • Cowtools

    OMG that sounds so boring.
    At this point, surely Alyson could star in her OWN sitcom?

  • John W

    Cool.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe they’re concealing something clever from us? Maybe the father is a politician who resigned in order to keep a scandal from going public. Or maybe the they’re all aliens.

  • Lindsey Stock

    Well, I guess not even Alyson Hannigan can make everything interesting.

  • Mark Matson

    And remember, she wasn’t even the first choice to play Willow.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGJOge6akfY

  • Anonymous

    Wow, this sounds terrible. Rigid Supermom vs. Goofy, Clueless Dad? Can we please not go there? Please? And yes, I know it’s impossible to judge a show without actually seeing it and yes, it’s possible it won’t be as bad as it sounds, but I still think the concept is deeply flawed.

  • Richard Grant

    I think a part of choosing these time of roles might be the size of the workload, as well as finding the Mother roles fairly comfortable. Because I’d imagine that while she wants to continue working, she’d also want enough time off to spend with her two young daughters.
    And as nice as it’d be for her too go after more dramatic/ actioney roles now after 9 years of HIMYM, they would likely have a more intense schedule than doing another supporting role in a multi-camera sitcom.

  • Jack Mack

    I think her next project should involve a flute in some way.

  • Fiona

    I haven’t loved HIMYM recently, but it’s very dear to my heart, like Buffy. I only really want to find out the mother’s name at this point. But Hannigan is amazing, and she plays wonderful characters (love Lily, especially the fact that she left Marshall in the beginning, coz although I love them together, she was well-written, like many of her characters. I also love explaining to people why she left, she wasn’t totally selfish.) I’m focusing on recent roles right now because, they’re well… recent. So although it’s a generic sitcom I love her and if she can pull off a fairly boring show then I’m all for watching to see how she does it.

  • Anonymous

    There really are fathers who need help parenting just like there are really mothers that need help. Either show should be immediately considered invalidated/sexist because it is cliched. However, I still won’t watch this show most likely (just judging from the premise here). I want to adopt and be a father some day and I don’t enjoy the majority of fathers being portrayed as idiots on sitcoms.

  • Amanda Pina

    Me too!