On January 13th new on prime time is a new ABC comedy. Right after watching the first episode, I had the opportunity to interview the cast. Here is the interview, my thoughts and my Call Your Mother Review.
Mothering Food for Thought?
First off, the comedy is fabulous. I did laugh a lot. Furthermore, it gave me pause. Will I be that mom in a not to distant future?????? I must admit, most likely I will be pulling some of star Kyra’s moves in her role as helicopter mom Jean. So, thank you ABC, first for making me ponder what will my life be without my littles. I have to start preparing. But, I digress. Let’s plunge into my review and interview:
Call Your Mother Review
As I said, it is funny. More than that, I love how it is all about family and connecting with each other (or not as we see in the first episode). We catch the show right when Jean gives herself a new start, and moves to be closer to her kids. While a bit impromptu and without the grown kids knowing, it is a breath of fresh air.
In terms of inclusion
It is there….a bit. Celia is supposed to be a Cuban influencer. But, they call her Ceeeeeelia as opposed to the actual Spanish pronunciation. Hardly any Hispanics I know would not correct people with their names. Additionally, there is a gay character. But, way to over the top for the show itself. It really is not a fair representation, if you ask me. Many Latinos will not be surprised by mom’s unannounced visits. Also, most likely, Latina moms will get a hold of their children before the day’s end. So, while the fact that the protagonist flies from Iowa to California to see if everything is OK with her son, it is not as big a deal as it is for the rest of the country.
Call Your Mother Is For Older Families
That will sure offer many more laughs. I do believe the show promises. And, I am looking forward to how this family and their story blossoms. Beware, some jokes and topics are more on the mature side. Might be ideal for teens and their parents to watch together.
Call Your Mother Interview
Here is the cast in attendance:
- Kari Lizer, creator & executive producer
- Kyra Sedgwick, “Jean Raines”
- Patrick Brammall, “Danny”
- Emma Caymares, “Celia”
- Joey Bragg, “Freddie Raines”
- Rachel Sennott, “Jackie Raines”
- Austin Crute, “Lane”
It was fun to talk to the talent right after watching the episode. Here are some of the highlights:
What to Expect
Call Your Mother is based on the experiences of creator and producer Kari Lizer. Most of all, it is a show about people trying to find each other and reconnect. Set in a post-pandemic world, the show will address some of the issues we are living in today. Plus, it will underline how hard it was for mom Jean to be far from her kids. That said, the show will also talk about building new relationships in a world of zoom and social distance. “I think this is a show about people who feel like they’ve lost their connection to one another, a show about people trying to find each other again.” Kari Lizer shared.
Kyra Sedgwick Breezes In
Kyra Sedgwick takes on the role like a natural. As if she has done this before. Although, during the interview, she did tell us that is it way harder to make people laugh. Somehow, she hits the bar effortlessly. Not to mention, this is her first multi-camera comedy.
About Call Your Mother
Follow Jean, an empty-nester mom, who wonders how she ended up alone while her children live their best lives thousands of miles away. She decides her place is with her family, and as she reinserts herself into their lives, her kids realize they might actually need her more than they thought Watch the show on ABC at 9:30 pm.