Actress takes first regular role for TV

CBS has signed Marisa Tomei (“Wild Hogs”) to topline comedy pilot “The Rich Inner Life of Penelope Cloud.”

Deal ends years of flirtation between Tomei and the small screen. She’s long been one of the most sought-after thesps during pilot season, with her name frequently popping up a potential player for various comedies and dramas.

Tomei dipped her toe in the water with a recurring role on FX’s “Rescue Me” during the 2005-06 season. “Penelope,” however, would rep her first regular role in a network show since she appeared in NBC’s “A Different World” two decades ago.

Thesp will play the title role in “Penelope Cloud,” starring as a supersmart, opinionated author who’s having trouble delivering the follow-up to her celebrated first novel. After having an epiphany, she tries to recapture her youthful optimism.

Jeff Greenstein (“Desperate Housewives,” “Will & Grace”) wrote the pilot and will exec produce.

Tomei recently wrapped production on “Brandhauser” (with John Cusack and Ben Kingsley) and Sidney Lumet’s “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead” (opposite Ethan Hawke and Philip Seymour Hoffman).

She’s repped by CAA and Management 360.

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