Sarah Chalke — or Becky #2 (and in my opinion, the superior Becky — will be returning to television next fall with a new sitcom on ABC. Chalke — who has been in a few episodes of “Scrubs two-point-suck” this season, will star in “Freshmen,” which comes from “How I Met Your Mother” exec producers Greg Malins and Arianna Huffington (I had no idea she produced “HIMYM”).
That’s the good news. The bad news: The premise, while somewhat original in setting, is more of the same in set-up: Chalke will be playing a freshman Congress woman, who inexplicably will be rooming with two other freshman Congressman. Her character’s name is “Jane, a beautiful, smart and funny freshman Congresswoman who was the VP at a multi-billion dollar company when she was just 28, and who won her district with the largest margin of any candidate since 1977. However, when it comes to men, Jane is a disaster waiting to happen.”
Jane is a disaster waiting to happen. That’s a logline that inspires confidence.
Still, Malins, who has a pretty good track record with sitcoms — “HIMYM,” “Friends,” and “Will & Grace” — will pen the pilot’s script, which gives us some hope. Plus, you know: Sarah Chalke is insanely awesome. And if you’re listening, Malins — here’s an idea for one of the other freshmen Congressman, and perhaps the evolving love interest in the show: Scott Foley, who is seriously one of the best television actors around. He and Chalke also have a history together over on “Scrubs,” plus his two-episode arc has been the best thing — and maybe the only really good thing — about “Cougar Town” all season.
Yeah. I’m a Noel guy.
And why yes — I did write this story as an excuse to spend 20 minutes doing a Google Image search on Sarah Chalke. I opted against a racier photo, and instead took the badly airbrushed one. But you clicked, so here’s your reward (and my small effort to rehabilitate my heterosexuality):
Oh, shaddup. Alright, fine: