Blair is NBC's Kim


After a lengthy search, NBC has zeroed in on Selma Blair to star opposite Molly Shannon in its comedy pilot "Kath and Kim."

Blair is in negotiations to play Kim in the Reveille/Universal Media Studios project, which was put on the fast track in June when Reveille's Ben Silverman and Teri Weinberg joined NBC as co-chairman and executive vp, respectively.

Based on the hit Australian series "Kath & Kim," the NBC comedy focuses on the dysfunctional relationship between Kath (Shannon) and her daughter Kim (Blair).

Casting the title characters has been considered crucial to the success of the show. When the project was first picked up to pilot by NBC in January 2007, it was pushed to summer because of difficulties casting the leads.

Michelle Nader, who penned the most recent pilot script, is exec producing "Kath" with original series creators Gina Riley and Jane Turner as well as Rick McKenna.

Following her breakthrough roles on the WB Network comedy series "Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane" and in the feature "Cruel Intentions," CAA-repped Blair went on to co-star in such movies as "The Sweetest Thing" and "Legally Blonde."

She next reprises her role as Liz Sherman in "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" and will appear opposite Antonio Banderas in "My Mom's New Boyfriend."