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.”