“Playing House,” a single-camera comedy starring longtime collaborators Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair, premieres April 29 on USA Network, and if you love quick draw humor dished out by likable actors, then you’ve come to the right place. The show centers on Maggie Caruso (Lennon Parham) and Emma Crawford (Jessica St. Clair), childhood best friends who team up to raise Maggie’s soon to be born baby.
The pilot has Emma leaving a highly successful job in China to move back to her Pinebrook, Connecticut hometown to help Maggie through her pregnancy. Along with impending motherhood, Maggie must also face irresponsible hubby Bruce (Brad Morris), who is having an online affair with a voluptuous German woman who needs a bit of financial assistance. Meanwhile, Emma’s return home leads to her constant bickering with the town’s local flatfoot (Keegan-Michael Key from “Key and Peele”), a married dude who’s also Emma’s ex-boyfriend.
I’ve only seen the pilot, and the real life friendship between Parham and St. Clair adds to the natural chemistry that drives “Playing House.” During the interview, I asked the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater vets if they thought their dreams would ever reach this far (along with executive producing “Playing House,” they also produced and starred on their previous series “Best Friends Forever”).