February 15, 2013 12:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'iCarly's' Miranda Cosgrove to Co-Star in NBC's 'Girlfriend in a Coma'
iCarly star Miranda Cosgrove is heading to network TV.
The actress has been tapped to co-star in NBC's Girlfriend in a Coma, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
From Nurse Jackie's Liz Brixius and Law & Order: SVU/Chicago Fire's Dick Wolf, the comedy revolves around Karen (Christina Ricci), who wakes up from a coma after almost two decades to find out she has a 17-year-old daughter from a pregnancy she was unaware of when her life was put on hold.
Cosgrove will play Evie, a small-town, overachieving loner who can't shake the legacy of being the daughter of "Coma Lady." When her mother wakes up, her world is turned upside-down and every hope she had of keeping her nose to the grindstone -- saving money and getting grades for an out-of-state college -- is thrown out the window.
The single-camera comedy is based on the book by Douglas Coupland, with Wolf, Brixius, Danielle Gelber and Peter Jankowski onboard to executive produce. Brixius will pen the pilot.
Should Girlfriend earn a series order, it would mark Cosgrove's first series regular role on the broadcast networks after starring in Nickelodeon's iCarly for seven seasons and four on the network's Drake & Josh. Repped by WME, Anonymous Content and Gang Tyre, Cosgrove next reprises her voice role in the animated feature Despicable Me 2, due July 3.