Alanis Morissette is no stranger to TV. Before writing songs that helped anxious youngsters feel seen, she spent her tween years doing a children’s sketch comedy show. You can’t do that on TV. She has also had small roles in other TV shows and movies, including: weeds and Dogma. But now Morissette gets a sitcom based on her life.
Deadline reports that the ABC series, titled Recognizable, will be a “single-camera comedy that follows a woman in her 40s, married with three children, who spent her young adult life as an international rock star, famous for her self-penned anthems of feminine rage and teenage terror. Now this one can” voice of her generation’, although she is deeply connected to her family, not really letting the next generation living in her house listen to her.”
The publication notes that while Morissette’s life will “loosely inform” the show, the stories and characters are fictional. So it’s about a woman whose life story mirrors Morissette’s, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll hear her “You Oughta Know” belt on screen.
The series was created by The Goldbergs supervising producer Elizabeth Beckwith and Marlon co-creator Christopher Moynihan; Morissette will be one of the executive producers on the show, as well as contributing original music to it.
There’s no word yet on who will play the Morissette-based character, but Soleil Moon Frye is a mortal sin for the musician, and now the Punky Brewster reboot has been canceled, her schedule has probably been cleared. It can get fun to make it meta and have some of Morissette’s famous exes, like Dave Coulier and Ryan Reynolds, jump in too.
And speaking of Morissette-related TV, the musician keeps playing himself in Bob’s Burgers writers Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin’s new animated series, The Great North. In the show, the fictionalized version of Morissette is middle child Judy’s imaginary friend, who gives maternal advice to the tween.