Molly Shannon’s Demon Mom Role Perfect for Real Mom Life

Molly Shannon

Molly Shannon is bracing herself for response to “Neighbors From Hell,” the TBS animated series debuting Monday (6/7), about a family of demons living on Earth.  Some of the humor — from “South Park” writer Pam Brady — will make viewers blanch (a neighbor has an inappropriate relationship with her suicidal poodle).  As for how audiences will react to “how wild it gets?  God, I don’t know,” says Shannon.  “That’s something I have no control over.  I hope it’s okay.”

The six-year “Saturday Night Live” veteran. plays the mother in the demon family that cannot return to hell until they carry out an assignment from Satan to stop a giant oil drill.

“I thought it was original, just funny,” she says, “that this husband and wife demon couple has to disguise themselves as suburbanites, and find the real neighbors from hell are the human beings.”

The work also happens to fit perfectly into Shannon’s world with her real-life family.  “With little kids it’s the perfect job.  I really hope that it takes off,” says the funny lady, who is also the wife or artist Fritz Chesnut, and mother of Stella, born in 2003, and Nolan, born in ’05.  “I can take them to school and record in-between.  Some of this other stuff – the single camera shows – the hours are not family-friendly at all.”

Imagine her kids at school explaining that their mommy is a demon…but we digress.

TBS, she says, “just ordered six more scripts,” she says, “so we’ll see how it goes.”

Besides “Neighbors from Hell,” Shannon has her recurring character on “Glee” as astronomy and badminton teacher Brenda Castle. “’Glee’ is so popular, such a phenomenon — I love that part,” Shannon declares.  “All the cast is so talented.  Doing scenes with Jane Lynch and Matthew Morrison is just a dream.  I just did two episodes before they wrapped for the season.  I have a crazy character, she’s a drug addict – she’s one of those prescription drug abusers — she drinks too much.   She’s a bad, bad teacher.”

Shannon put her all into trying to make a go of her NBC “Kath & Kim” comedy of 2008-2009.  But now, she tells us, “I’ve really enjoyed not having to work as hard this past year.  I love being a mom and spending time with my kids.”

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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

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