NBC Summer Press Day
Jenna attended the NBC/Universal Summer Press Day on Tuesday, April 8th, along with some of the stars from other hit NBC/Universal shows, like David Walton from "About A Boy", Adam Scott from "Parks and Recreation", Andy Samberg from "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and Mindy Kaling from "The Mindy Project" (the last two shows are both co-produced by Universal Television and air on FOX).
Hollywood Game Night
Jenna had a blast on Hollywood Game Night on April 3rd! Watch a fun cast interview to the left, and check out the full episode by clicking here or to the right. Jenna played to raise money for one of her favorite charities, PS Arts, whose mission is to improve the lives of children by providing arts education to underserved public schools and communities. For more information, visit PSArts.org
TV Appearance Links
GROWING UP FISHER
HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT (4/3/14)
THE QUEEN LATIFAH SHOW (3/10/14)
RACHAEL RAY (3/4/14)
Growing Up Fisher
Growing Up Fisher kicked off its first season in February and it's off to a great start! In the new NBC situation comedy, also starring J.K. Simmons, Eli Baker, Ava Deluca-Verley, Jenna plays Joyce Fisher, a mother of two recently separated from her husband and looking to reinvent herself. She embarks on a second adolescence, much to the annoyance of her teenage daughter.
"Growing Up Fisher", a heartfelt new comedy about divorce, blindness and one unique family's quest to not let either get in their way, is executive produced by DJ Nash, Jason Bateman (who also serves as the show's narrator), Jim Garavente, and Tucker Cawley.
You can catch the show on Tuesday nights at 9:30/8:30c after The Voice and About A Boy on NBC. For more information, full episodes, video clips, photos and behind-the-scene interviews, visit the official Growing Up Fisher website.
So You Think You Can Dance
Jenna was thrilled to be on the set of the Chicago dance auditions in early March for the upcoming 11th season of "So You Think You Can Dance" (SYTYCD), marking her return as a guest judge for the second time on the hit FOX dance competition-reality show. Along with the show's permanent judges, Mary Murphy, a ballroom dance champion and choreographer, and Nigel Lythgoe, SYTYCD creator and executive producer, Jenna watched prospective contestants dance in a variety of American and international dance styles with amazing talent, heart, passion, and exuberant energy, all working to earn a coveted spot on the show.
The new season of So You Think You Can Dance will premiere on FOX in June 2014.
That same weekend in the "Windy City," Jenna was given the opportunity to experience more inspiring dance. As a board member of the Dizzy Feet Foundation, a nonprofit organization created to benefit the dance community, Jenna was invited to visit Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.
Along with Nigel Lythgoe, SYTYCD creator and executive producer and co-president and founding member of the Dizzy Feet Foundation, and Danae Rees, executive director of Dizzy Feet Foundation, Jenna was welcomed to observe rehearsals of the company, as well as its youth program classes.
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago features 18 dancers and is one of the only dance companies in America to perform year-round, domestically as well as overseas.
It continues to advocate for the work both of internationally renowned master choreographers as well as emerging talent under its own roof.
The day Jenna visited, the company was rehearsing in their West Loop facility for their Spring Series, which includes four works by contemporary dance choreographer, Jiří Kylián, originally from the Czech Republic.
Jenna was also treated to a glimpse of The Hubbard Street Youth Dance Program's Hip Hop A and Choreo Lab classes. These are examples of the type of dance programs to which the Dizzy Feet Foundation provides scholarships and assistance. Sponsoring, funding and/or offering community-based dance programs that expose children in low-income areas to the lifelong benefits of dance education, the foundation thereby helps talented, underserved young people realize their dreams of becoming professional dancers.
Dizzy Feet Foundation also aims to elevate and standardize the quality of dance instruction throughout the United States by offering accreditation and/or certification to dance schools and studios in most styles of dance, including ballroom, contemporary, ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop.
The foundation’s Accreditation Program will be the gold standard for dance instruction in the United States; it will ensure that students can feel confident that they are receiving high-quality dance instruction aligned to a national standard.
So, all in all, despite the mounds of packed snow and below freezing temperatures, Jenna had a fun and unforgettable weekend of work, play, laughs, dance, and artistic inspiration... what could be better?
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Big Stone Gap
Last November, Jenna completed filming Big Stone Gap, a feature film due to be released in theaters this year 2014. Written and directed by Adriana Trigiani (also the author of the N.Y Times bestselling novel, Big Stone Gap, the book the film was based on), the film stars Ashley Judd, Patrick Wilson, Jenna, Whoopi Goldberg, and Jane Krakowski. It was shot on location in and around the actual town where the story takes place, a small mining town called Big Stone Gap, Virginia.
Jenna took MANY pics of her fun adventures filming on location, goofing around with fellow cast and crew members, and visiting interesting places and encountering many smiling faces around town.
Being a part of making this film was a truly an unforgettable experience for Jenna. She loved meeting, taking photos with, and getting to know the wonderful people in all the areas they filmed, and will treasure her time there always.
Kicking and Screaming Podcast
by Jenna and Bodhi Elfman
Jenna records a podcast with her husband, Bodhi, where they discuss marriage, life and annoyance. Not in that order. They began recording this series in September 2012. Their latest edition is available for download on iTunes, as well as all earlier editions.
Friendly Disclaimer: These recordings are unedited, raw, and contain explicit content and colorful language. Listener discretion is advised.