*It’s a safe bet that a number of parents will identify with the sentiment behind Fox’s new comedy “I Hate My Teenage Daughter.”
The title is not to be taken literally, of course, but it represents those special moments when teens and the folks who birthed them reach a boiling point.
“It’s really meant to say under your breath,” explains Jaime Pressley, who plays Annie, one of the mothers irked by her child’s behavior. “It’s one of those points where they just drive you to the edge and you just want to throw them, and you’re like, ‘God, I hate my teenage daughter.’ You don’t really. You love them dearly, of course. But every parent has that moment when they want to break down and just scream. It’s not like this is something nobody’s heard of or been through before.”
Katie Finneran plays Annie’s best friend Nikki, who also has a teenage daughter she “hates.” Adding more drama to the mother-daughter relationships are the fact that Annie and Nikki were outcasts in high school, while their daughters – BFFs Sophie (Kristi Lauren) and Mackenzie (Aisha Dee) respectively – are bona fide mean girls, just like the popular kids who tormented their mamas back in the day.
And then there’s Gary, Mackenzie’s father and Nikki’s ex, played by “The Wire” star Chad Coleman. Gary tries to help raise his attitudinal daughter, but the couple’s complicated relationship often makes his involvement a huge challenge.
“I’m a golf pro, and I’m kind of the breadwinner right now,” Coleman said during a press conference for the show last summer. “And I personally feel there’s a certain voice of reason to Gary as well, a certain sense of order to Gary, especially with the routine of a golf pro. So things need to happen a certain way. And I get a strong feeling my daughter’s going to obliterate all of that.”
What is not played up as part of the show is the element of race – with Nikki being white and Gary being African American. While the pressing issue is handling their recalcitrant teenager, the parents also have some relationship residue of their own to work out. He explains in the audio clip below.
The series premiere is Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 9:30 p.m. Scroll down to watch a First Look promo.