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'Parks and Rec' Favorite Retta Joins Casey Wilson in ABC Comedy 'Hail Mary' (Exclusive)
Retta is returning to primetime.
The Parks and Recreation favorite has booked a co-starring role in ABC comedy pilot Hail Mary, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Based on the Austrian Broadcasting Corp. series Braunschlag, created by David Schalko, the single-camera comedy centers on a young small-town mayor named Mary Wolf (Happy Endings star Casey Wilson) who has dysfunctional siblings, a dying father, disgruntled citizens, a nearly bankrupt town and the mafia breathing down her neck. Only a miracle can help her — so she fakes one.
Retta, who fielded multiple pilot offers this season, will portray Ruthie, Mary's friend.
Since wrapping her seven-season run as Donna on NBC critical darling Parks and Recreation, Retta has recurred on Bravo's Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce and filmed features including Bastards, Operator and Other People. She's repped by UTA and Silver Lining Entertainment. She's due to return to Girlfriends' Guide, pending a renewal.
Brian Gallivan will pen the script and exec produce Hail Mary alongside Seth Gordon and Tariq Jalil. Julie Anne Robinson will direct the pilot for the Sony Pictures Television/ABC Studios co-production.
Keep up with all the latest pickups, castings and eventual series orders with THR's handy guide to pilot season.