Jenna Elfman tries again for TV success

PASADENA, Calif. — Jenna Elfman is taking aim again at finding comedic success on television.

The actress best known for her hit ABC show “Dharma & Greg” that ran from 1997 to 2002 is back on the same network with “Imaginary Mary.” Elfman plays a woman dating a man with children. Her character relies on an imaginary friend voiced by Rachel Dratch of “Saturday Night Live” fame.

Elfman has had starring roles in six comedies since 1996-97. Only “Dharma & Greg” lasted more than a single season.

“I’m always looking for writing I feel I can express myself in a true way,” she told the Television Critics Association winter gathering on Tuesday.

Her latest role presents challenges similar to what Elfman faced in the 2003 movie “Looney Tunes: Back in Action.”