Comedy comes home to roost

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The cast the series “How To Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)” has waited a long time to get on the air. It originally was shown to TV critics in June, but has been on the sidelines waiting for an opening all these months.

The series with the longest name in TV launches tonight. “Scrubs” star Sarah Chalke plays Polly, a single mom who’s recently divorced. She and her daughter, Natalie (Rachel Eggleston), move in with her eccentric parents, Elaine (Elizabeth Perkins) and Max (Brad Garrett).

Garrett, a veteran of TV comedy from his days on “Everybody Loves Raymond,” never gave up on the show.

“We knew we were going to be a mid-season show. I was happy to wait if it meant getting such a great time slot,” says Garrett of his series being scheduled to air after ABC’s monster comedy hit, “Modern Family.”

The idea of living with one’s parents after a certain age is an alien concept to Garrett, who jokes he moved out in the middle of the night and never looked back.

“I left when I was 16 and then moved back briefly, and then I ran out. Actually, the title of my life is twice as long as the name of the show,” Garrett said.

Chalke also was 16 when she left home the first time. The Canadian actress moved to Los Angeles after being cast on “Roseanne.” After “Roseanne,” she moved in with a childhood friend and was cast in “Scrubs.”

If the show is a success after all these months of waiting, it could mean a huge change for executive producer Claudia Lonow.

The series is based on her life: She’s lived with her parents for the past 15 years.

She decided to go with the long title because that’s the way she felt her life was going.

“My daughter is about to go to college, and I have no plans to move out as of yet,” says Lonow, “and I feel like maybe they should move out since I moved out last time.”

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