'In the Motherhood' puts down roots

Mullally, Hines may join Handler in cast

"In the Motherhood" is moving from the Web to primetime with some new leading ladies.

ABC has handed out a 13-episode order to a comedy series based on MindShare's online series, which stars Chelsea Handler, Leah Remini and Jenny McCarthy as three mothers and girlfriends whose exploits are based on real-life stories of moms across the country.

Of the three, only comedian/talk show host Handler is expected to be on the ABC series, with "Will & Grace" alumna Megan Mullally and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" leading lady Cheryl Hines in talks to join her.

ABC Studios is producing the ABC series, which will be shepherded by the team behind the ABC/ABC Studios comedy pilot "Bad Mother's Handbook," writers Jennifer Konner and Alexandra Rushfield and executive producer Stu Bloomberg. Also making the transition from "Handbook" to "Motherhood" is Emmy winner Mullally, who co-starred in the pilot.

Konner, Rushfield and Bloomberg will executive produce "Motherhood" with MindShare's David Lang and Peter Tortorici.

Suave and Sprint, which partnered with MindShare for the MSN-hosted Web series, will also be involved in the ABC offshoot.

"Motherhood" was one of three projects in the works for midseason showcased at ABC's upfront presentation in May.

Its 13-episode order comes on the heels of ABC's pickup of five new series two weeks ago: the one-hours "Castle," "The Unusuals" and "Cupid" and the comedies "Better Off Ted" and "Single With Parents."

Handler is repped by WMA. Mullally is repped by Gersh and Untitled. Hines is with Endeavor and Principato Young.
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