"Duets" judge Robin Thicke is making the leap to the big screen in the indie "Abby in the Summer," co-starring Jaime Pressly from "My Name is Earl" and Tygh Runyan ("Road to Nowhere"). Thicke is the progeny of "Growing Pains" dad, game show host and composer/musician Alan Thicke.
Pressly plays the eponymous Abby, a workaholic chef who has to take the summer off after a nasty cooking-related injury. With all this newfound free time, she's got to face the reality of her life: her husband (Runyan) isn't exactly attentive, and her old boyfriend (Thicke) is looking pretty tempting. It will be interesting to see if the crooner can convincingly play a romantic interest; although he's got a host of sexy R&B songs under his belt and an album called "Sex Therapy," he's got sort of a clean cut look about him that makes it hard to believe he'll smolder.
Variety reports that baby-voiced Joey Lauren Adams ("United States of Tara," "Chasing Amy") will play Abby's best friend, and Frances Conroy ("American Horror Story," "Six Feet Under") is on mom duty. Writer/actor/comedian Steve Agee will also appear in the movie, but hopefully not as that dude in the "American Horror Story" ads in the rubber catsuit.
This is marks the directorial debut of one Jimbo Lee. Filming will kick off this week in Los Angeles.