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'Growing Up Fisher' star Jenna Elfman returns to free-spirited comedy ways

Fans who missed seeing Jenna Elfman being free-spirited in a sitcom can rejoice. The actress, who made her name for being supremely wacky on "Dharma & Greg" for five seasons is back in that freewheeling mode — but this time as Joyce, a mom who should know better, in NBC's new sitcom "Growing Up Fisher."Freewheeling and fun for audiences, but not necessarily amusing to Joyce's teen daughter Katie

Fans who missed seeing Jenna Elfman being free-spirited in a sitcom can rejoice. The actress, who made her name for being supremely wacky on "Dharma & Greg" for five seasons is back in that freewheeling mode — but this time as Joyce, a mom who should know better, in NBC's new sitcom "Growing Up Fisher."

Freewheeling and fun for audiences, but not necessarily amusing to Joyce's teen daughter Katie, played by Ava DeLuca-Verley. "Just when she needs a mom, her mom's acting like a teenager, and she's the mom" said Elfman Tuesday on TODAY, where she was joined by DeLuca-Verley.

In "Fisher," a couple's split seems to actually bring the family closer together (the blind father's guide dog Elvis also appears to have a part to play). But it also means that Joyce gets to act out in a big way

Working with a comedy vet like Elfman has been a real learning experience, said DeLuca-Verley. "She's incredible," she gushed. "The biggest thing I've learned is just being present and allowing the moment to happen and just being alive with her, and catching her, with all those jokes being right there with her in that moment."

"Growing Up Fisher" airs Tuesdays at 9:30 on NBC.