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Hollywood Now: Odd Mom Out Returns with Guest Stars & Ginnifer Goodwin's Baby News

June 15, 2016

Jill Kargman. Credit: Eric Leibowitz/Bravo

The Bravo series Odd Mom Out returns for its second season on June 20, with mother of three Jill Weber (Jill Kargman) navigating the often treacherous and always funny waters of life on New York’s Upper East Side. Kargman is Jewish and celebrates her 15th anniversary with her Jewish husband Harry Kargman this year. But in the show she’s married to a Protestant guy (Andy Buckley) and interfaith topics are often part of the plot or conversation. When she was developing the show, Kargman thought having a partner of a different faith would “add to the outsiderness” Jill feels, even in her own home.

Guest stars this season include Meredith Vieira, Molly Ringwald, Blythe Danner and Drew Barrymore, who recently split with Kargman’s brother, Will, but the two women remain very close. “We’re family forever,” Kargman says, noting that Barrymore’s daughters are being raised Jewish. “That was a condition when my brother proposed.”

Barrymore plays Jill’s neighbor in an episode about a blizzard and the panic that hits the city, and Danner plays Jill’s mother in an episode set on Yom Kippur. Danner, the mother of Gwyneth Paltrow, is not Jewish, but was married to Jewish producer/director Bruce Paltrow, who died in 2002.
Julie Chen, the co-host of CBS’ daytime chat fest The Talk, starts her summer evening job June 22 as the host of Big Brother, which will air Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday nights. Chen has been married to CBS president Leslie Moonves, who is Jewish, since 2004.

Ginnifer Goodwin & Josh Dallas. Credit: Jack Rowand/ABC

Mazel tov to Once Upon a Time stars Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas, who welcomed their second son, Hugo, on June 1, joining brother Oliver, 2.

Goodwin, raised in an interfaith family, identifies as Jewish. Her April 2014 wedding to Dallas, who is not Jewish, was a Jewish one: The same rabbi who presided over her bat mitzvah married them.

Religion & Democracy, a CBS interfaith special airing June 26, will explore issues of faith, religious prejudice and intolerance in American society. Scholars, clergy and experts representing Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Islamic and Sikh faiths take part in the program.
Hebrew for "daughter of the commandments." In modern Jewish practice, Jewish girls come of age at 12 or 13. When a girl comes of age, she is officially a bat mitzvah and considered an adult. The term is commonly used as a short-hand for the bat mitzvah's coming-of-age ceremony and/or celebration. The male equivalent is "bar mitzvah." Hebrew for "Day of Atonement," the final of ten Days of Awe that begin with Rosh Hashanah. Occurs during the fall and is marked by a 24-hour fast. One of the most important Jewish holidays. Hebrew and Yiddish for "good luck," a phrase used to express congratulations for happy and significant occasions. Hebrew for "my master," the term refers to a spiritual leader and teacher of Torah. Often, but not always, a rabbi is the leader of a synagogue congregation.
Gerri Miller

Gerri Miller writes and reports from Los Angeles about celebrities, entertainment and lifestyle for, The Jewish Journal, Brain World, Lupus Now, and others. A New York native, she spent a summer working at Kibbutz Giv'at Brenner in Israel and attends High Holy Day services at the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood every year.

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