4:35pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Drop Dead Diva' Star Brooke Elliott Boards CBS Family Comedy (Exclusive)
Drop Dead Diva star Brooke Elliott is returning to the small screen.
The actress has been tapped to co-star in CBS' adaptation of family comedy Upper Middle Bogen, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Starring Katey Sagal, the project is an extended family show inspired by the Australian format about a wife and mother who learns she was adopted and that her birth parents are a flamboyant but loving family of drag racers.
Elliott will portray Amber, one of the three (legitimate) children of Wayne (John Carroll Lynch) and Julie (Sagal). She's the tough-minded, responsible, business-like, level-headed one in the family — and she lets everyone know it.
Swoosie Kurtz co-stars.
For Elliott, the CBS pilot marks her return to the small screen after spending six seasons starring as Jane on Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva, which ended its run in 2014. Her credits include 2000 Mel Gibson feature What Women Want. She is repped by Innovative, Powerline and Gochman Law.
Dan O'Shannon (Modern Family, The Odd Couple) and Upper Middle Bogen duo Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope will pen the script for the single-camera comedy. Todd Holland is attached to direct the pilot, which is a co-production between CBS Television Studios and ABC Studios, in association with Dark Toy Entertainment.
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