Jamie Lee Curtis' New Show Kind of Sounds Like 'Kate Plus 8'
After years in film, the former scream queen is once again getting a television show of her own. Jaime Lee Curtis is set to star in Only Human , a soapy medical drama that follows four quadruplets who are former reality show stars. The show is based on an Israeli drama (The Ran Quartet), much like current American dramas Homeland (Hatufim) and In Treatment (BeTipul). Curtis is set to play the quadruplets' mother Caroline, a tough physician who's still dealing with the loss of her husband to a rare genetic disease and the fact that her children have a 50-50 chance of contracting the same disease.
That's a lot of plot to sift through for a show that doesn't even have a pilot yet. First of all, quadruplets who are also former reality show stars? You already have my attention. Now, are talking about a reality show about a glamorous family empire? Because Curtis would be perfect as a momager/matriarch, a la Kris Jenner. Or are we talking about a TLC family reality show based around a medical marvel? I'm sensing some strong Jon and Kate Plus Eight vibes here.
Either way, it sounds like a very interesting return to television for Jamie Lee Curtis, who hasn't been a series regular in a show since the sitcom Anything But Love in 1992. Sure, one of Curtis' early roles was filling in for dad Tony Curtis in the television series adaptation of Operation Petticoat, but other than that, Curtis' small screen career consists of made-for-TV movies and guest appearances, like a few episodes as Dr. Ryan on NCIS and playing Jess's mom on New Girl. Curtis was also to star in a new horror drama for ABC Family called The Final Girls , but it's unclear what Curtis' role on the show will be now with her new role in Only Human.
And Curtis isn't the only star from the silver screen to return to television — it's been a growing trend in the past few years for famous movie stars to come to TV, although to mixed results. Robin Williams hadn't been on television since the days of Mork and Mindy, but he returned this year to star with Sarah Michelle Gellar in The Crazy Ones. Sure, some stars may regret their return to the small screen — after getting praise for Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect, Rebel Wilson never got as much praise for Super Fun Night as she did for her roles on Australian television. And after much excitement after his return as a series regular on television after Family Ties, Michael J. Fox's own show that was named after him got canned.
Still, A-list movie stars Matthew Mcconaughey and Woody Harrelson are creating huge critical buzz over on True Detective, and Steve Buscemi continues to be nominated for boatloads of awards for his work on Boardwalk Empire.
So yes, Curtis might regret her return to television. But with a complex drama based on an already successful Israeli show, her chances are looking good.