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Cybill Shepherd Eyes Return to TV, Kristin Chenoweth Gets 'Good' Role and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 15th 2011 10:30AM
Cybil ShepherdThe latest big-name celebrity in talks to return to television? 'Moonlighting' star Cybill Shepherd, who has signed on to star in ABC's 'My Freakin' Family.'

The 'Cybil' star will play one part of the overbearing grandparents of a mixed-heritage couple.

According to Deadline, Shepherd will play Nell, the mom of new father Raj. Shepherd's character will dress in Indian garb and clash with Raj's in-laws -- particularly Mo Gaffney's character Maureen -- over new baby Clark's upbringing. You see, Shepherd's character is concerned Clark will end up "white" like Raj did.

Shepherd recently completed a guest arc on USA Network's 'Psych.'

In other TV news ...

Chloe Sevigny will play Lizzie Borden in a new HBO miniseries. The 'Big Love' star will also co-executive produce the project, about the infamous Massachusetts woman accused of murdering her father and step-mother with a hatchet in 1893. [Deadline]

Kristin Chenoweth is also returning to TV with a role in Darren Starr's 'Good Christian Bitches' pilot. The 'Glee' and 'Pushing Daisies' star will play Darlene, the ringleader of the Texan group of ladies. [TVLine]

Will Forte, of 'Saturday Night Live' fame, will voice a regular role on the animated 'Allen Gregory.' The show follows a 7-year-old boy who enters elementary school. [Deadline]

Wilmer Valderrama has joined 'REM.' The 'That 70s Show' actor will star opposite Jason Issacs in the thriller about a detective who finds himself living in two different realities. [TVLine]

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Seth

From the article:
"The 'Cybil' star will play one part of the overbearing grandparents of a mixed-heritage couple."

Won't she be one part of the parents of one of the couple? A Grandparent of the new child? You folks have editors?

March 16 2011 at 2:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Purple Shell

I really like Cybill Shepherd, but the "powers that be", should cast and Indian actress. What are they thinking?

March 16 2011 at 1:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chuck Hall

Where do you people come up with words like MIXED HERITAGE you hollywood people alwaye amaze me

March 16 2011 at 1:42 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
phpoling

Thought that she had retired or died.

March 16 2011 at 1:08 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
tomkellycartoons

Oh, boy! Cybill Shepherd AND Mo Gaffney?

Can't wait!

March 16 2011 at 1:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lawrence

If anyone doesn't appreciate the comedy chops of Cybill Shepherd just review a few episodes of 'Cybill'...Some of the physical comedy setups on that show would have been rejected by The Stooges as too stupid but Cybill somehow made the whole business plausable, believable and funny as hell...

March 16 2011 at 1:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Eris0303

Um, what? Did anyone else read the article. Sheppard's plays a mom of a guy named RAJ. Sheppard is not playing someone racist. Ravi Patel plays her son - how does that make people think she's racist? Barely any of the plot is described so many people shouldn't be making assumptions. It sounds like the center of the show is more about how to raise a new baby in a multi-cultural home. What do you honor and what do you not? It seems to be that each of the four grandparents will be pushing for their own ideology to be taught.

March 16 2011 at 12:40 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Eris0303

Um, what? Did anyone else read the article. Sheppard's plays a mom of a guy named RAJ. Sheppard is not playing someone racist. Ravi Patel plays her son - how does that make people think she's racist? Barely any of the plot is described so many people shouldn't be making assumptions. It sounds like the center of the show is more about how to raise a new baby in a multi-cultural home. What do you honor and what do you not? It seems to be that each of the four grandparents will be pushing for their own ideology to be taught.

March 16 2011 at 12:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rvpress59

You go,Cybil!! Good luck in the series!!

March 16 2011 at 12:35 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
tennwilliams

Oh great. I was hoping to avoid the jackass society and the daily black vs white BS, but I guess a story about Cybil Shepherd is the perfect place for such stupidity. Please find some other place to vent your race frustration, bitching on a message board is a complete waste of time.

March 16 2011 at 12:13 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

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