June 29, 2013 9:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Glee's' Jayma Mays Joins CBS' Will Arnett Comedy
CBS has found a new sister for Will Arnett.
Glee's Jayma Mays has been cast to replace It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Mary Elizabeth Ellis in the network's freshman comedy The Millers, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The multicamera comedy from Raising Hope's Greg Garcia revolves around a recently divorced guy (Arnett) whose life is complicated when his parents divorce and his mother (Margo Martindale) decides to move in with him, while his father (Beau Bridges) moves in with his sister, Debbie and her husband.
Mays will take over the role of Debbie, Nathan's sister. Ellis played the role in the pilot opposite Michael Rapaport, who also is being replaced. The duo exited the series in May, shortly after the comedy was greenlighted at CBS.
Debbie is described as a married mother of two who is stunned when her parents split and makes sure her clueless father isn't coddled in a bid to see him return to married life.
For Mays, the role marks her first series regular role since she was bumped to recurring on Fox's Glee, where she plays OCD guidance counselor Emma. In addition to her Glee role, she guest starred on FX's The League and How I Met Your Mother. A Glee spokesman confirms Mays has been cleared to appear in a few episodes, so the actress likely will return to the Fox musical as Matthew Morrison's new wife.
Mays is repped by UTA and Framework Entertainment.
The Millers premieres Sept. 26 at 8:30 p.m. on CBS. Check out a preview, below.