• The Hollywood Reporter on LinkedIn
  • Follow THR on Pinterest
MAR
5
2 YEARS

Beau Bridges to Play Will Arnett's Father in CBS Comedy

He'll star opposite Margo Martindale in the "unauthorized" comedy pilot from "Raising Hope" creator Greg Garcia.

Beau Bridges
David Livingston/Getty Images
Beau Bridges

Beau Bridges is reteaming with Greg Garcia.

The actor, who recurred as the title character's father on the showrunner's My Name Is Earl, has joined the cast of his "unauthorized" CBS comedy pilot starring Will Arnett, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

PHOTOS: The Faces of Pilot Season 2013

The multicamera comedy centers on the recently divorced Jack (Up All Night's Arnett), whose life gets more complicated when his parents have marital problems of their own.

Bridges will play Tom, a hapless, clueless klutz who is Jack's father and husband of Carol (Justified's Margo Martindale). When he hears that his son has been divorced for some time, he decides to split from his wife of 43 years and move in with his daughter, Debbie (It's Always Sunny's Mary Elizabeth Ellis), and her family.

Raising Hope's Garcia will write and executive produce the show, with veteran director James Burrows on board to helm the CBS Television Studios entry. JB Smoove co-stars. The casting reunites Bridges with Martindale, with whom he worked on Showtime's upcoming drama Masters of Sex.

STORY: TV Pilots 2013: The Complete Guide

Bridges played Carl Hickey on Garcia's Earl over seven episodes from 2005-08, earning an Emmy nom for his guest role in 2007. His TV credits also include Stargate SG-1, Brothers & Sisters and a recent arc on Franklin & Bash. He's a 14-time Emmy nominee, taking home the statuette for supporting actor in The Second Civil War (1997) and actor in a miniseries in back-to-back years for The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom (1993) and Without Warning (1992).

He is repped by CAA.

Email: Lesley.Goldberg@thr.com; Twitter: @Snoodit