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Odd Mom’s Mod Night Out

by Kelly Laffey Photographed by Clint Spaulding/PatrickMcMullan.com
Thursday, July 13, 2017
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On the Upper East Side, the phrase “I don’t fit in…” doesn’t always conclude with an article of clothing. At least, that’s how Jill Kargman sees it. Kargman is the mastermind behind Bravo’s Odd Mom Out, which debuted its third season on Wednesday night.


In celebration, the Cinema Society and Kargo hosted an early premiere at The Whitby Hotel on Tuesday, July 11.


“I can’t wait for people to see it,” said series creator and star Jill Kargman that night. As with the other two seasons, the third is a result of “years of incidents and Upper East Side scandals bubbling up,” she notes.


Kargman introduced the season premiere in which her eponymous character, visiting her daughter Hazel at summer camp in Maine, deals with the mania of the day. Whereas Kargman and her clan drive from the city, other parents take private jets, bringing takeout from high-end New York City restaurants because, as one mom explains, “they miss ethnic so much up in Maine.”


After the two-episode screening, guests walked up to The Whitby’s private dining area for the after-party.


“[Jill is] authentic, and that resonates with people,” said attendee Kelly Rutherford about her friend. “We’ve all been the odd person out, regardless of where you live.” Rutherford hinted that she’d like to guest star in the series. She’s already a seasoned pro when it comes to playing an Upper East Side mom, having starred as Lily van der Woodsen on The CW series Gossip Girl. But Odd Mom Out would be more fun because, “they get to curse,” she says.


Blythe Danner, who guest starred as Kargman’s mom in Season 2, was also at the event. “[Being in the show] was the most fun I ever had,” she said. “Kargman has a contagious way about her.”


Martha Stewart came to support series co-star Abby Elliott, who was recently on the cover of Martha Stewart Weddings. “I like to do outdoor cooking, and lots of it,” said the East Hamptonite, who recently cooked a large bowl of paella for guests at the Hetrick-Martin Institute’s (HMI) School’s Out Gala.


Also in attendance from the series were Joanna Cassidy, KK Glick, Sean Kleier; guest stars Mike Doyle, Rachel Feinstein, Emma Myles, Alysia Reiner, Peter Scolari; and Frances Berwick (President, Lifestyle Networks, including Bravo Media).


Guests of the Cinema Society and its head Andrew Saffir included David Alan Basche, Emily Tarver (Orange is the New Black), Montego Glover, Eve Plumb, Rosanna Scotto (Good Day New York), Jenna Leigh Green (Sabrina, The Teenage Witch), Krystal Joy Brown, Charl Brown, Jeremy Carver (Empire), Nadia Dajani (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce), Will Kopelman, Alex Lundqvist, Alejandra Cata, Daniel Benedict, Chris Benz, Kelly Bensimon, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Dave Karger, Celine Rattray, Andrew Roosevelt, Nina Griscom, George Wayne, Timo Weiland and Harry Kargman (Founder & CEO, Kargo).


 




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