'Fargo' Breakout Allison Tolman to Star in ABC's 'Downward Dog'

The Emmy nominee will topline the comedy pilot based on the web series of the same name.
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Fargo breakout Allison Tolman has found her next project.

The Emmy nominee has been tapped to star in the ABC comedy Downward Dog, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Picked up in September with a hefty pilot production order, the half-hour, single-camera comedy is based on the web series created and written by Animal Media Group's Samm Hodges and Michael Killen, who will executive produce alongside Mosaic Media Group's Jimmy Miller and Sam Hansen as well as Animal's Kathy Dziubek.

The potential series, a co-production of Legendary Television and ABC Studios, centers on a woman and her dog. The twist is that it features a Modern Family-style confessional device — for the dog. The script has been drawing rave reviews around town, with ABC said to be high on the project after landing it in a multiple-network bidding war that resulted in personal outreach from network president Paul Lee.

Tolman will star as Nan, whose life is in a constant state of upheaval, but who always feels like she's about to turn the corner. Her ideal self lies just on the other side of this juice cleanse or new relationship, or maybe if she gets a standing desk ... Meanwhile, her dog, Martin, just wants her. And he'll do whatever it takes to get her attention.

The role marks Tolman's first series regular gig since landing a supporting actress Emmy nomination for her scene-stealing part in the first season of FX anthology Fargo.

Since then, she's had guest roles on comedies including The Mindy Project, Archer, Review as well as Amazon drama Mad Dogs. She's repped by UTA and Odenkirk Provissiero.

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