Dianne Wiest Joins The Return of Jezebel James


Award-winning actress Dianne Wiest will have a recurring role on “The Return of Jezebel James,” the new Amy Sherman-Palladino comedy premiering midseason on Fox. Wiest plays “Talia,” the mother of Sarah (Parker Posey) and Coco (Lauren Ambrose) Tompkins.

“The Return of Jezebel James” follows Sarah Tompkins (Posey), who has everything a fancy girl could want in life: her own imprint at HarperCollins’ children’s division; a big brownstone in Hoboken; a young, energetic and only slightly terrified assistant, Buddy (Michael Arden); and a perfect, no-strings-attached relationship with successful businessman Marcus Sonti (Scott Cohen).

So when Sarah’s parents, Ronald (Ron McClarty) and Talia (Wiest), remind her that her life is not complete, at first she’s irritated and then she decides, why not have a baby? But a trip to the doctor brings the disheartening news that Sarah can’t conceive. Determined to find a way around this problem, Sarah turns to the most unlikely choice for help: her unfocused younger sister Coco (Ambrose), whose imaginary childhood friend Jezebel James has inspired Sarah’s latest book. The mismatched sisters move in together when a reluctant Coco agrees to carry Sarah’s baby.

“The Return of Jezebel James” is produced by Regency Television. Executive producers are Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino.