Casting News: Mary Louise Parker Is Going To Star In A Single-Camera Comedy For NBC

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As Dustin mentioned this in his pilot watch last month, (although at the time nothing had been confirmed) Mary Louise Parker is going to star in NBC’s upcoming single-camera comedy pilot Feed Me. Parker will play “Ellen,” a stuck-in-her-ways, OCD mother of two who works with her husband, parents and brothers in a restaurant business. Yup: That sounds like a Mary Louise Parker character if I ever heard one. As long she she keeps frappuccino straws away from her face, that’s fine by me.

The series is described as “a comedic exploration of adult intimacy and desire that centers on a dysfunctional family bound by love and the restaurant they run together.” Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter:

Sally Robinson (Dirt, Lifetime’s Steel Magnolias reboot, Iron Jawed Angels) penned the script, which is based on an original idea, and will executive produce the Universal Television comedy alongside Witt-Thomas’ Paul Witt and Tony Thomas (The Golden Girls, Empty Nest, Blossom, Beauty and the Beast).

The casting reunites Parker with NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt, who during his tenure at Showtime greenlit the Jenji Kohan comedy that earned Parker three lead actress Emmy nominations, four Golden Globe mentions and one win for her role as pot-dealing mother Nancy Botwin. The new role will mark Parker’s first TV series gig since Weeds wrapped its eight-season run in September 2012.

Single-camera comedy about a dysfunctional family starring Mary Louise Parker? On paper this sounds awesome, but let’s be real — this is the network that somehow incredibly managed to screw up a Michael J. Fox sitcom, so I’m not getting my hopes up just yet. It’s like handing someone a recipe for a Double Chocolate Berry Torte and you still end up with Duncan Hines.