Fox Looks to Newcomer to Star Alongside Eric McCormack in 'Studio City'

Florence Pugh - H 2015
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Florence Pugh - H 2015

Could Florence Pugh be next season's TV darling?

Fox is hoping that's the case and has cast the U.S. newcomer to star alongside Eric McCormack in dramedy pilot Studio City, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

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Inspired by the life of showrunner Krista Vernoff, the hourlong pilot tells the story of a young singer's (Pugh) path to stardom as she comes of age living with her songwriter father, Rob (Will & Grace alum McCormack), who turns out to be a drug dealer to the stars.

Pugh will make her U.S. TV debut as Cat, the rising singer-songwriter whose family life has been a celebration of dysfunction. Her mother is an unstable alcoholic and her father is a drug-dealing musician. The character is described as a survivor with a sense of humor and romanticism.

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Pugh will next be seen alongside Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams in the U.K. feature The Falling, which earned her a spot on the shortlist for the best British newcomer award at last year's London Film Festival. She's repped by the U.K.'s Tavistock Wood.

She joins a cast that also includes Heather Graham as Stevie, Rob's third ex-wife and a former stand-up comedian.

Studio City is inspired by the life of showrunner Krista Vernoff (Grey's Anatomy), who will pen the script and executive produce the Warner Bros. Television dramedy alongside John Wells and his studio-based John Wells Productions exec Andrew StearnSanaa Hamri will direct the pilot.

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