7:53pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Lily Tomlin to Co-Star in ABC's Reba McEntire Comedy Pilot
Lily Tomlin is getting maternal for ABC.
The comedian has been tapped to co-star in the Disney-owned network's Reba McEntire comedy pilot, an ABC Studios rep has confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
In the project from Reba's Kevin Abbott, McEntire stars as a woman who divorces her "good ol' boy" rock star husband after he cheats on her and burns through most of their money who moves her mother and three kids from Nashville to the only asset they have left -- a small house in Malibu.
Tomlin will play McEntire's mother in the project, which will see the central character attempt to reignite her own singing career and keep her children from being corrupted by the Malibu lifestyle.
The casting marks Tomlin's latest small-screen gig following her stint on Showtime's Lisa Kudrow comedy Web Therapy and FX/DirecTV's Damages. Repped by WME, Tomlin's credits also include stints on ABC's Desperate Housewives, NBC's The West Wing and Will & Grace.
From ABC Studios, Abbott will pen the pilot with McEntire, Mindy Schultheis, Michael Hanel, Pam Williams, Dave Stewart andNarvel Blackstock executive producing. John Pasquin will direct the multicamera project.