The pilot, from The Goldbergs team of Adam F. Goldberg, David Guarascio and Happy Madison, was well received at ABC last spring, though the live-action portion, especially star Jenna Elfman, scored higher marks than the CGI elements. A decision was made to make some tweaks to the animation which require more time to complete. As a result, the series would be ready later than originally expected and the network would need fewer episodes to finish the season.
Imaginary Mary centers on Alice (Elfman), a fiercely independent career woman whose life is turned upside-down when she meets the love of her life – a divorced father with three kids. This triggers even more upheaval when the slightly unhinged imaginary friend she created as a child suddenly reappears to help her navigate the transition from single girl to a woman ready for a family.
Elfman stars alongside Stephen Schneider, Rachel Dratch as Mary (VO), Nicholas Coombe, Matreya Scarrwener and Erica Tremblay. Sony TV co-produces with ABC Studios.
Here’s the trailer: