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Debra Messing Signs on for ABC Comedy Pilot

by Kim Potts, posted Mar 4th 2010 9:30AM
Her brief foray into more dramatic fare -- the rare USA Network failure that was the 'Starter Wife' series -- didn't pan out, so now 'Will & Grace' star Debra Messing is going to try to make viewers laugh again.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Messing has signed on to play the lead role in 'Wright vs. Wrong,' a cleverly-titled sitcom pilot about Evelyn Wright, a conservative pundit whose personal life is under scrutiny because of her public image.

Messing, who received an Emmy nomination for the underrated 'Starter Wife' and won an Emmy (out of five nominations) for her role as wacky interior designer Grace Adler on 'Will & Grace,' will also act as an executive producer on 'Wright vs. Wrong,' along with actress/writer Stephenie Weir ('MadTV'), who penned the pilot, and 'Arrested Development' producer Mitch Hurwitz.Her brief foray into more dramatic fare -- the rare USA Network failure that was the 'Starter Wife' series -- didn't pan out, so now 'Will & Grace' star Debra Messing is going to try to make viewers laugh again.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Messing has signed on to play the lead role in 'Wright vs. Wrong,' a cleverly-titled sitcom pilot about Evelyn Wright, a conservative pundit whose personal life is under scrutiny because of her public image.

Messing, who received an Emmy nomination for the underrated 'Starter Wife' and won an Emmy (out of five nominations) for her role as wacky interior designer Grace Adler on 'Will & Grace,' will also act as an executive producer on 'Wright vs. Wrong,' along with actress/writer Stephenie Weir ('MadTV'), who penned the pilot, and 'Arrested Development' producer Mitch Hurwitz.

The 'Will & Grace' star was last set to return to primetime in an NBC sitcom, penned by 'Starter Wife' writers Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott, about a laid-off CEO (Messing) who finds the while she's a whiz in the boardroom, she's not-so-handy as a the full-time mom and wife. The sitcom had set off a bidding war between NBC and ABC last year, with NBC nabbing the pilot, but passing on it for its fall 2009-10 line-up.

Messing, whose husband, Daniel Zelman, is an executive producer and writer on FX's 'Damages,' will also be among the celebs who help Grover the Muppet teach preschoolers about Jewish culture in 'Shalom Sesame,' a continuation of the Jewish-themed 'Sesame Street' spin-off that was produced between 1986-1990.

The 12 new episodes of 'Shalom Sesame,' set to premiere in December 2010, will also star Christina Applegate, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Stiller, Greg Kinnear, Cedric the Entertainer and Moishe Oofnik, a.k.a. Moishe the Grouch, the cousin of trash can-dwelling Oscar.

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