Sarah Chalke is expanding her relationship with Netflix, signing on for a season-long major recurring role on the upcoming eight-episode second season of the Internet network’s comedy series Friends From College.
Created/executive produced by Nicholas Stoller and Francesca Delbanco, Friends From College stars Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders, Annie Parisse, Nat Faxon, Fred Savage and Jae Suh Park as a sextet of friends from Harvard in interwoven and oftentimes complicated relationships with one another who face down their 40s.
Chalke will play Merrill Morgan, a Park Avenue WASP personified. She’s a divorced mother of a teenage boy named Prescott, and she is Alpha to everyone she meets — beautiful, direct, confident; Gwyneth Paltrow minus the West Coast mellowness. She and Nick Ames (Faxon) briefly dated in college, and in the first episode of the season they reconnect at a party. The friends all agree that she and Nick were born and raised to be together. How will Nick handle the pressure of dating an appropriate woman?
The gig reunites Chalke, who recurred on CBS’ How I Met Your Mother, with series co-star Smulders. Roseanne alumna Chalke, who is coming off an arc on the revival of the classic ABC sitcom, was just announced as a lead voice of the new Netflix adult animated series Paradise, P.D. She previously starred on the ABC comedy series Scrubs. Chalke is repped by UTA and John Carrabino Management.