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Jamie Pressly joins new season of locally filmed ‘Welcome to Flatch,’ to air next month

Jamie Pressly last starred in CBS’s ‘Mom’ (featured above) and has been added to the cast of ‘Welcome to Flatch.’ (Courtesy photo)

WILMINGTON — The FOX mockumentary “Welcome to Flatch” is welcoming a new face to its returning cast for season two, currently filming in Burgaw and the greater Wilmington area.

Jamie Pressly — originally from Kinston, N.C., located 84 miles northeast of Wilmington — will be playing the role of Barb Flatch, according to series representatives. Pressly is regarded for her 2007 Emmy-winning role as Joy Turner in “My Name is Earl.” She last starred opposite Anna Faris and Academy Award-winner Allison Janney in the CBS comedy “Mom.”

Her film credits include “I Love You, Man” — directed by John Hamburg, and starring Paul Rudd, Jason Segel and Jon Favreau — “The Adventures of Joe,” “Not Another Teenage Movie” and “Can’t Hardly Wait.”

Her character in “Welcome to Flatch” is a native of the Ohio town. A realtor, Barb is going through a divorce and finds herself back home amid eccentric neighbors and townsfolk.

“She believes in second chances and wants to give Flatch the glow up it deserves, one margarita at a time,” Pressly’s character logline details.

She will join standup comedian Holmes (formerly Chelsea Holmes) and Sam Straley (“The Dropout”), two cousins who are at the center of the show. Their hijinks and get-rich-quick scams across the town often infringe upon others’ daily lives, including Flatch’s priest, Seann William Scott (“American Pie”), and his ex, also the town journalist, Aya Cash (“You’re The Worst”). Justin Linville, Taylor Ortega (“Succession”) and Krystal Smith round out the cast.

The show is an American spinoff of the BAFTA-winning BBC comedy “This Country.” Produced and written by Jenny Bick (“The Greatest Showman,” “Sex in the City”) and directed by Paul Feig (“Bridesmaids,” “Freaks and Geeks”), it has a documentary crew following locals to capture a glimpse of life in rural town America.

The show has received comparisons to “Parks and Recreation” and “The Office,” upon season one debuting in March and currently streaming on Hulu.

“Welcome to Flatch” began filming in the Wilmington area at the beginning of 2020 but was shuttered due to Covid-19. Cameras started rolling again by November 2020 and wrapped in March 2021. 

Offices opened earlier in the summer for season two and crews have been filming in Burgaw since last week. Currently, permits show they will be at Shivar Apartments, Burgaw United Methodist Church, Macedonia AME Church and Harrell Park through Friday.

The first episode of the second season of “Welcome to Flatch” is scheduled to air Sept. 29 at 9 p.m.

The show is produced by Lionsgate, BBC Studios’ LA production arm and FOX Entertainment. 

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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