5:05pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Swoosie Kurtz to Co-Star in CBS Comedy Pilot (Exclusive)
Swoosie Kurtz is staying put at CBS.
The actress has been tapped to co-star in the network's comedy pilot adaptation of Australian format Upper Middle Bogan, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The untitled comedy centers on a wife and mother who learns she was adopted and that her birth parents are a flamboyant but loving family of drag racers.
Kurtz will play Margaret, Bess' (uncast) widowed mother who is revealed to have adopted her daughter. The character has a sharp tongue and is inclined to use it on her nearest and dearest.
Dan O'Shannon, Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope will pen the script for the single-camera comedy. Todd Holland is attached to direct the pilot, which is a co-production between CBS Television Studios and ABC Studios, in association with Dark Toy Entertainment.
The casting keeps Kurtz at CBS following the six-season run of Chuck Lorre comedy Mike & Molly. She has been a series regular since the start, playing Joyce, the mother to Melissa McCarthy's Molly. Kurtz's credits include Pushing Daisies and Sisters. She is repped by Innovative, Creative Talent Group and Jackoway Tyerman.
Kurtz joins a cast that also includes John Carroll Lynch, who plays Bess' biological father, Wayne.
Mike & Molly's stars continue to field pilot offers. Co-star Katy Mixon booked the lead in ABC's Second Fattest Housewife in Westport, while McCarthy remains uncommitted.
Keep up with all the latest pickups, castings and eventual series orders with THR's handy guide to pilot season.