Sitcom actresses juggle family, careers

Mon Jun 22, 2009 2:29am EDT
 
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By Ray Richmond

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - There are now more high-profile roles for women in primetime comedies than at any time since perhaps the 1970s heyday of "Mary Tyler Moore," "Maude" and "Laverne & Shirley."

The Hollywood Reporter gathered six of the funniest examples of the trend: Christina Applegate (ABC's "Samantha Who?"); Jane Krakowski (NBC's "30 Rock"); Julia Louis-Dreyfus (CBS' "The New Adventures of Old Christine"); Mary-Louise Parker (Showtime's "Weeds"); Amy Poehler (NBC's "Parks & Recreation") and Sarah Silverman (Comedy Central's "The Sarah Silverman Program") to debate how to star on a hit comedy series and keep your sanity.

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: IS IT POSSIBLE TO SLIP IN AN ACTUAL LIFE DURING PRODUCTION OF A HIT COMEDY SERIES?

Julia Louis-Dreyfus: Well, I do a multicamera series, which I think is a lot easier than what these ladies are up to. We have two or three 12-hour days every week, but not five, which I think is what you have to put up with in a single-camera show.

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: WAS IT IMPORTANT TO YOU TO DO A MULTICAMERA SHOW FOR THE REGULAR SCHEDULE?

Louis-Dreyfus: Actually, it's pretty much just for the money.

Amy Poehler: The Benjamins. Call them the Benjamins.

Louis-Dreyfus: No, but it was important because while I adore single-camera comedy, and the look of it is so fantastic, considering the life I have with my kids I couldn't pull that off.   Continued...

 
<p>Actress Christina Applegate from "Samantha Who?" arrives at the 15th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California in this January 25, 2009 file photo. Pattinson. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Fles</p>