Lauren Graham has been cast in a new TV role, which raises the perennial question, could it finally win her that elusive Emmy? She has been cast in the Disney Junior animated series “Vampirina” as Oxana Hauntly, the mother of the title character. James Van Der Beek has been cast alongside her as her husband Boris. And “Vampirina” herself will be voiced by Isabella Crovetti.
“Vampirina” follows the family as they move from Transylvania to Pennsylvania and adjust to their new lives. It’s executive produced by Chris Nee, a Daytime Emmy winner in 2004 for the children’s animated series “Little Bill” and also the creator of “Doc McStuffins,” a Peabody Award winner and a nominee this year for Best Youth Programming at the Television Critics Association Awards.
Graham is better known for her work in front of the camera thanks to acclaimed leading roles as Lorelai Gilmore in “Gilmore Girls” (2000-2007) and Sarah Braverman in “Parenthood” (2010-2015), but despite the protests of critics she has yet to be nominated for an Emmy. This past season she reprised her star-making “Gilmore Girls” role in the Netflix revival “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,” which premiered last November. That could make her a contender this year for Best Movie/Mini Actress.
“Vampirina” could give her an additional chance in the Daytime Emmy race for Best Performer in an Animated Program, a category that has awarded well-known stars like Lily Tomlin (“The Magic Schoolbus,” 1995), Henry Winkler (“Clifford’s Puppy Days,” 2005), David Tennant (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” 2013) and most recently Kelsey Grammer (“Trollhunters,” 2017). Other stars who have received nominations in recent years include Alan Cumming (“Arthur: Show Off”), Megan Mullally (“Sofia the First”), Kate McKinnon (“Nature Cat”) and Andy Richter (“All Hail King Julien”), to name just a few.
Graham’s on-screen husband Van Der Beek is also an alum of the WB network, having starred in the title role on “Dawson’s Creek” (1998-2003), but Emmy voters were notoriously stingy to actors on that network, so perhaps this will be an opportunity for both of them to get their Emmy revenge.