4:30pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Christina Hendricks to Topline NBC's 'Good Girls' in Recasting
Christina Hendricks is heading to NBC.
The six-time Emmy-nominated Mad Men grad has been tapped to topline the network's buzzy midseason drama Good Girls. She takes over the lead role of Beth, originally played in the pilot by Episodes star Kathleen Rose Perkins. Perkins exited the drama when it was picked up to series in May.
From showrunner Jenna Bans (Scandal), Good Girls revolves around three suburban moms (Hendricks, Retta and Mae Whitman) who get tired of trying to make ends meet and decide it's time to stick up for themselves by robbing the local supermarket at (toy) gunpoint. But when the manager catches a glimpse of one of them and the loot is far more than they expected, it doesn’t take long for the three best friends to realize the perfect getaway will be harder than they think.
Whitman (Parenthood), Retta (Parks and Recreation), Matthew Lillard, Manny Montana, Reno Wilson, Lidya Jewett, Izzy Stannard and Zach Gilford co-star in the drama, which was an early frontrunner through pilot season after earning raves for the cast's chemistry.
Good Girls marks Hendricks' first broadcast series regular role since her seven-season turn as Joan Harris on AMC's critical gem Mad Men. Since that show wrapped, she has starred on Sundance TV's Hap and Leonard and was among the repertoire cast of Comedy Central's Another Period. On the feature side, her credits include Bad Santa 2, Zoolander 2 and more. Hendricks is repped by ICM Partners, Link Entertainment and Hirsch Wallerstein.
Bans penned the script and executive produces Good Girls, with Dean Parisot having directed the pilot. Jeannine Renshaw also exec produces.