5:40pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Happy Endings' Grad Casey Wilson to Star in ABC Comedy 'Hail Mary'
Casey Wilson is heading back to ABC.
Based on the Austrian Broadcasting Corp. series Braunschlag, created by David Schalko, the project centers on a young small-town mayor named Mary Wolf who has dysfunctional siblings, a dying father, disgruntled citizens, a nearly bankrupt town and the mafia breathing down her neck. Only a miracle can help her — so she fakes one.
Wilson will star as Mary, who is additionally described as less of a rule-follower and more of a rule-breaker, with the charisma of a young Bill Clinton.
The casting reunites the actress with ABC and Hail Mary producers Sony Pictures Television after she spent three seasons starring on Happy Endings. The casting also reunites Wilson with Hail Mary writer/executive producer Brian Gallivan, who wrote a few episodes of Happy Endings and had a guest role on Wilson's follow-up series, Marry Me.
Gallivan will pen the script and exec produce the single-camera comedy alongside Seth Gordon and Tariq Jalil. Julie Anne Robinson will direct the pilot for the Sony Pictures Television/ABC Studios co-production.
Repped by UTA, Odenkirk Provissiero and Ziffren Brittenham, actress-producer Wilson also has an overall deal with ABC Studios with producing partner June Diane Raphael.
Wilson's casting comes as the former stars of Happy Endings continue to be in high demand this pilot season. Adam Pally booked the lead in Fox comedy pilot Making History; Eliza Coupe booked the female lead in Hulu's Seth Rogen comedy pilot Future Man; Zachary Knighton will co-star in ABC family comedy pilot Pearl; and Damon Wayans Jr. has also been fielding multiple offers this pilot season.
Keep up with all the latest pickups, castings and eventual series orders with THR's handy guide to pilot season.