The Return of Jezebel James

The Return of Jezebel James Information

The Return of Jezebel James is an American situation comedy television series, starring Parker Posey as a successful children's book editor who, unable to have children herself, asks her estranged younger sister (Lauren Ambrose) to carry her baby. The series was created by Amy Sherman-Palladino of Gilmore Girls fame, who also directed the pilot, and executive produced the show with her husband, Daniel Palladino. The show was produced by Regency Television and Dorothy Parker Drank Here Productions.

The show premiered on the Fox television network on March 14, 2008 as a mid-season replacement. After airing only three episodes, it was cancelled due to what FOX called unacceptably low ratings.

The remaining four unaired episodes were released on Apple iTunes on May 6, 2008.


Principal characters

  • Parker Posey - Sarah Thomkins
  • Lauren Ambrose - Coco Thomkins
  • Michael Arden - Buddy
  • Scott Cohen - Marcus Sonti
  • Ron McLarty - Ronald Thomkins

Recurring characters


# Title Original airdate Code
ShortSummary=In the pilot, bright, optimistic, successful children's book editor Sarah turns to her estranged and free-spirited younger sister, Coco, when she learns she cannot conceive a child herself. Coco decides to give it a try and relocates from a friend's couch to her sister's enormous loft, but gets less than she bargained for when she discovers she is relegated to a dismal unfinished bedroom. }}

ShortSummary=Coco is surprised once again when Sarah gives her an emergency Hello Kitty cellphone and then her parents arrive for a surprise visit that turns for the worse. }}

ShortSummary=Sarah is determined to sign a 15-year-old child prodigy and get the publishing rights to his new book, and she goes to great lengths to impress the eccentric kid. When great seats at a Knicks game don't interest him, she discovers that bed and bath items are what really get him going. Meanwhile, Sarah accompanies Coco to her first visit in a long time to the gynecologist's office and discovers what fears have been gnawing at Coco. }}

U.S. Nielsen Ratings

Weekly ratings
# Episode Air Date Timeslot Rating Share 18-49 (Rating/Share) Viewers (m) Rank (Timeslot) Rank (Overall)
1 "Pilot" March 14, 2008 8:00 P.M. 2.2 4 1.0/4 3.17 5 86
2 "Frankenstein Baby" March 14, 2008 8:30 P.M. 2.3 4 1.0/4 3.25 5 85
3 "Needles & Schlag" March 21, 2008 8:30 P.M. 2.1 4 1.1/4 3.11 5 76


The series came into fruition when Fox gave it a put pilot commitment in July 2006. It entered production and was named The Return of Jezebel James in December 2006 before casting began in January 2007 when Scott Cohen was the first to be cast in the regular role of Marcus Sonti. In February 2007, Parker Posey was cast in the lead role. Casting continued throughout March 2007 with Emmy Award-nominee Lauren Ambrose, Michael Arden, Ron McLarty and Tony Award-nominee Dana Ivey all landing roles in the series. The series was greenlit and given a 13-episode order on May 11, 2007.

The show was given 13 episodes in May 2007, but, in October 2007, the show was cut to seven episodes in anticipation of the pending writers strike.

The show was officially canceled after the third episode aired.

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