May 30, 2017

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

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith 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.”

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Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith are among America’s leading columnists. They’ve covered the Hollywood beat for decades — Elvis and “Easy Rider” through the Jonas Bros. and “Avatar” and all the stars and their triumphs and scandals in-between. Their Creators Syndicate column, Beck/Smith Hollywood Exclusive, is a source of top celebrity interviews and entertainment news in newspapers across the country as well as online. To read more about Marylin and Stacy go to

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