1:37pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'CSI: Miami's' Eva LaRue Joins ABC's Mandy Moore Pilot (Exclusive)
With CSI: Miami on the bubble at CBS, series co-star Eva LaRue has booked an insurance plan.
The actress has joined ABC's untitled Mandy Moore comedy pilot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. LaRue will guest star in the pilot with an option to become a regular should the project move to series. The Moore project is in first position to her role on CSI: Miami.
The untitled comedy explores the inherent conflict that exists between the families we grow up in and the ones we make as adults. It will be told through the perspective of Annie (Moore) and Ben, a young newlywed couple who get the opportunity of a lifetime to run a hip, new restaurant in Annie's hometown, bringing her closer to her needy and high-maintenance family.
LaRue, who plays Detective Natalia Boa Vista on the long-running CSI spinoff, will play Veronica, one of Annie's sisters.
The fate of CSI: Miami, now in its 10th season on CBS, remains uncertain as the spinoff starring David Caruso was left off the first-place network's early series renewals this month.
LaRue joins a cast that includes Stockard Channing, who will play Barbara, the warm, devoted and sometimes overbearing and manipulative matriarch of Moore's family. Kurt Fuller will play her husband Steve, who is described as a good-natured guy and dad who's used to taking a back seat to his take-charge wife. Erinn Hayes and Majandra Delfino co-star in the project.
Bob Fisher and Stacy Traub will write and executive produce the pilot alongside Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements and Shawn Levy, who will direct the 20th Television single-camera pilot.
For LaRue, repped by APA and Marv Dauer Management, the Moore pilot would be her first potential comedy series gig after more than 150 episodes of CSI: Miami. She recurred on the show during Season 4 and became a series regular the following season (2006-07). Her credits also include All My Children.