‘Des­per­ate House­wife’ dips toes in an­i­ma­tion

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODMOTORING -

LOS AN­GE­LES: Eva Lon­go­ria wants to shake up TV an­i­ma­tion start­ing with one mean­ing­ful char­ac­ter: a woman stum­bling through moth­er­hood.

“I’m a fan of an­i­ma­tion and I watch Fam­ily Guy and I watch Amer­i­can Dad! and you al­ways see these re­ally flawed fa­thers and the re­ally per­fect mom who is try­ing to hold the fam­ily to­gether be­cause the dads, they’re just id­iots,” said Lon­go­ria.

She voices the char­ac­ter of Rudi Wil­son in the 13-episode com­edy Mother Up! de­but­ing on Wed­nes­day on Hulu.com. Lon­go­ria also is an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of the se­ries in which Rudi, a for­mer Man­hat­tan mu­sic ex­ec­u­tive, re­set­tles in sub­ur­bia with her two chil­dren.

She’s got street smarts but is fum­bling in her new en­vi­ron­ment. When Rudi tries to com­pete in the can-you-top-this arena of kids’ birth­day par­ties, dis­as­ter re­sults.

Ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Michael Ship­ley (whose writ­ing cred­its in­clude Fam­ily Guy and Amer­i­can Dad!) was in­spired by the “vent­ing bl­o­go­sphere” of mommy blogs that chron­i­cle the per­ils of chil­drea­r­ing, Lon­go­ria said.

Ship­ley’s ap­proach is “a re­ally fun, im­pres­sive way into pok­ing fun at the dif­fer­ent styles of par­ent­ing that moms have”, said the for­mer Des­per­ate House­wives star. – Sapa-AP

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