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APRIL 8:  NBC Summer Press Day with Mindy Kaling, Andy Samberg, and David Walton.

APRIL 8:  NBC Summer Press Day with Mindy Kaling, Andy Samberg, and David Walton.

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).

APRIL 8: "Had great time with Mindy Kaling, Adam Scott, David Walton, and Andy Samberg" (at the NBC Summer Press Day)

APRIL 8: "Had great time with Mindy Kaling, Adam Scott, David Walton, and Andy Samberg" (at the NBC Summer Press Day)

APRIL 8: "On way to a big press day for comedy!"

APRIL 8: "On way to a big press day for comedy!"


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


MARCH 6: The cast and crew of NBC’s “Growing Up Fisher” has adopted an 8-week-old Yellow Labrador Retriever named Guf, who will be trained as a guide dog by a “puppy raiser” and eventually paired with a visually impaired individual.

MARCH 6: The cast and crew of NBC’s “Growing Up Fisher” has adopted an 8-week-old Yellow Labrador Retriever named Guf, who will be trained as a guide dog by a “puppy raiser” and eventually paired with a visually impaired individual.

MARCH 11: Ok, this carnival scene was really fun to film: I ate wayyyy too much cotton candy between takes! 

MARCH 11: Ok, this carnival scene was really fun to film: I ate wayyyy too much cotton candy between takes! 

MARCH 18: Ready to take a SERIOUS look at a SERIOUSLY HEARTWARMING and FUNNY COMEDY? SO ARE WE! Watch Growing Up Fisher TONIGHT at 9:30/8:30c on NBC!

MARCH 18: Ready to take a SERIOUS look at a SERIOUSLY HEARTWARMING and FUNNY COMEDY? SO ARE WE! Watch Growing Up Fisher TONIGHT at 9:30/8:30c on NBC!

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.

MARCH 26: Hangin' with my buddy Peyton (aka "Elvis") on set of Growing Up Fisher!

MARCH 26: Hangin' with my buddy Peyton (aka "Elvis") on set of Growing Up Fisher!

APRIL 3: Catching up with THIS guy, Jason Bateman-- the narrator & one of our exec producers on Growing Up Fisher - NBC Tuesdays @ 9:30/8:30c! XO

APRIL 3: Catching up with THIS guy, Jason Bateman-- the narrator & one of our exec producers on Growing Up Fisher - NBC Tuesdays @ 9:30/8:30c! XO

APRIL 9: About to tape Conan! 

APRIL 9: About to tape Conan! 


So You Think You Can Dance

"A great day on set SYTYCD Chicago auditions! So much fun with Nigel and Mary."

"A great day on set SYTYCD Chicago auditions! So much fun with Nigel and Mary."

"Mary is a blast! Laughed so hard together today!! Many times--at our own expense!"

"Mary is a blast! Laughed so hard together today!! Many times--at our own expense!"

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.

"Today I got to watch Hubbard Street Dance Chicago rehearse one of Jirí Kylián's pieces."

"Today I got to watch Hubbard Street Dance Chicago rehearse one of Jirí Kylián's pieces."

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.

Jenna Elfman observes company rehearsal for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Spring Series: Four works by Jiří Kylián at the Hubbard Street Dance Center. (Photo by Todd Rosenberg)

Jenna Elfman observes company rehearsal for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Spring Series: Four works by Jiří Kylián at the Hubbard Street Dance Center. (Photo by Todd Rosenberg)

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.

Hubbard Street Choreo Lab teacher Mandy Beck, Dizzy Feet Foundation co-president/founding member Nigel Lythgoe, Dizzy Feet executive director Danae Rees, and Dizzy Feet board member Jenna Elfman with Hubbard Street Choreo Lab participants. (Photo by Todd Rosenberg)

Hubbard Street Choreo Lab teacher Mandy Beck, Dizzy Feet Foundation co-president/founding member Nigel Lythgoe, Dizzy Feet executive director Danae Rees, and Dizzy Feet board member Jenna Elfman with Hubbard Street Choreo Lab participants. (Photo by Todd Rosenberg)

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. 

Hubbard Street Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton with Dizzy Feet board member Jenna Elfman, Dizzy Feet executive dIrector Danae Rees, and Dizzy Feet co-president/founding member Nigel Lythgoe, (Photo by Todd Rosenberg)

Hubbard Street Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton with Dizzy Feet board member Jenna Elfman, Dizzy Feet executive dIrector Danae Rees, and Dizzy Feet co-president/founding member Nigel Lythgoe, (Photo by Todd Rosenberg)

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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On set filming Big Stone Gap w/ Patrick Wilson, Anthony La Paglia & Matt Stocke (NOT his real hair). Twitter: @bsgmovie @AdrianaTrigiani @AshleyJudd @patrickwilson73 @WhoopiGoldberg Instagram: @AdrianaTrigiani @AshleyJudd @whoopi_1 Hashtag: #bigstonegap

On set filming Big Stone Gap w/ Patrick Wilson, Anthony La Paglia & Matt Stocke (NOT his real hair).

Twitter: @bsgmovie @AdrianaTrigiani @AshleyJudd @patrickwilson73 @WhoopiGoldberg

Instagram: @AdrianaTrigiani @AshleyJudd @whoopi_1

Hashtag: #bigstonegap

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.

 
John Benjamin Hickey, Whoopi Goldberg, me and Ashley Judd in a scene from Big Stone Gap, circa 1978.

John Benjamin Hickey, Whoopi Goldberg, me and Ashley Judd in a scene from Big Stone Gap, circa 1978.


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.