Two CBS comedy pilots cast female leads
Lindsay Sloane, Melissa McCarthy tapped for roles
Two high-profile CBS comedy pilots have found their female leads.
Lindsay Sloane has been tapped to star opposite Kyle Bornheimer on the untitled Bays/Thomas project, and Melissa McCarthy has landed the Molly role on the Chuck Lorre-produced "Mike and Molly."
Elsewhere, Marisol Nichols and Rhona Mitra have boarded ABC's series "The Gates" as leads, with Victoria Platt, Justin Miles and Skyler Samuels also cast in the project.
The Bays/Thomas multicamera comedy revolves around an unmarried couple, Tommy (Bornheimer) and Gina (Sloane), who are in love, but Tommy has commitment issues. Gina is a waitress who fantasizes about running her own business.
Sloane, repped by Gersh and Thruline, is onscreen with Bornheimer in "She's Out of My League."
"Molly" is a multicamera romantic comedy about Mike (Billy Gardell), an overweight, charming police officer, and Molly (McCarthy), a pretty and plump woman, who meet at Overeaters Anonymous.
"Gilmore Girls" and "Samantha Who?" alumna McCarthy was an early favorite for the role. She is repped by TalentWorks and Benderspink.
The supernatural crime drama "Gates," eyed for a summer launch, centers on a big-city cop (Frank Grillo) who becomes chief of police in a seemingly sleepy planned community, the Gates, where he discovers there's more to the residents than meets the eye.
Nichols, repped by Paradigm and Impression, will play a woman who relocates to the community looking for a fresh start. Mitra will play a housewife who is a vampire.
Samuels, repped by Osbrink and Mosaic, will play a teenager with a dark secret.
Platt and Miles also will play residents.
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