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Ginnifer Goodwin to Star in ABC Comedy 'Steps'
Ginnifer Goodwin is returning to ABC.
The former Once Upon a Time leading lady has been tapped to star in the network's comedy pilot Steps, marking her first series-regular comedic role.
From writer Kristin Newman (The Muppets), the single-camera comedy based on the Swedish format revolves around four adults in three houses who raise three kids after two divorces together.
Goodwin is set as the female lead, Bea, a modern hippie who is in tune with her spirit and a great listener. She is a parent coach, making her perhaps the most equipped to handle three kids with her new husband, Paul (uncast), her ex-husband, and his ex-wife. Bea has an ability to understand others — except the odd time when it fails completely.
Barry Rothbart co-stars in the ABC Studios project. Newman penned the script and executive produces alongside Mandeville TV's David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Laurie Zaks as well as FLX's Pontus Edgren and Felix Herngren. Todd Holland will exec produce and direct the pilot.
Steps marks Goodwin's return to ABC, where she spent six seasons starring as Snow White in the fairy tale drama Once Upon a Time. This is Goodwin's first live-action series-regular comedic role after her five-season run on HBO's Big Love and NBC's Ed. On the film side, her credits include Walk the Line, Mona Lisa Smile and a voice role in Zootopia. She is repped by WME, John Carrabino Management and Gendler & Kelly.
With Once Upon a Time ending this season, its stars past and present have now begun booking follow-up roles. Goodwin's husband and former Once co-star Josh Dallas — who also exited last season — stars in the NBC drama pilot Manifest, while Rebecca Mader is in the NBC comedy Like Family.
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