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Laurie Metcalf Cast in New Sitcom Pilot

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 17th 2010 9:29AM
Laurie MetcalfDo you get the same feeling that I do when you hear about a new sitcom pilot on FOX? Maybe it's because of years of conditioning, but there's a cringe factor whenever a new sitcom is announced. Is it going to be a crapfest? Is it going to be great but canceled quickly?

More than any other network, FOX's announcements for new shows fill one with dread. 'Strange Brew' sounds good, though. It's from the creators of 'Will & Grace' and 'Roseanne's' Laurie Metcalf has been cast as the mom. She plays an ex-drunk who runs a brewery.

It's funny how part of the plot is that Metcalf's character is trying to stop swearing. Having a sitcom on broadcast television could help with that, unless this show is going to be filled with bleeps.

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TV Casting: Laurie Metcalf Books 'Strange' Role; Taryn Manning Headed to 'Hawaii'

by Andrew Scott, posted Feb 16th 2010 3:15PM
Laurie MetcalfClear your Emmy pool, because Laurie Metcalf is coming back to television. Metcalf -- who won three Emmys for her work as Jackie on ABC's 'Roseanne' -- will star in 'Strange Brew,' a new comedy pilot set to air on Fox. Metcalf will play the mother in the series from David Kohan and Max Mutchnik ('Will & Grace'), about a dysfunctional family that owns a regional brewery. Metcalf's character is being described as a "newly sober" mom in her 40s. [Hollywood Reporter]

More casting news after the jump.

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More Pilots Ordered as Networks Gear Up for Fall 2010

by Audrey Fine, posted Jan 21st 2010 12:14PM
David KohanAs riveting as the Conan/Jay saga may be, network execs have their plates full with other dramas -- and comedies -- as orders for fall 2010 pilots keep coming in.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the newest batch of pickups finds ABC wed to two new dramas. One, 'Cutthroat,' is about an "ambitious single mother who finds running her own international drug cartel is perfect training for navigating the cutthroat world of Beverly Hills high society." Think 'Weeds' for the Prada set.

The alphabet net has also committed to a flashback-based show called 'Generation Y' that focuses on a group of present-day folks who wax sentimental about their senior year in high school.

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