ABC has no shortage of riches in its comedy casting this year, even if most of its pilots will be shot after its upfront in this wacky year.
“Will & Grace” trouper Megan Mullally is the latest to sign on to an ABC project. She’s joined the cast of “Bad Mother’s Handbook,” starring opposite Alicia Silverstone. “Handbook” hails from ABC Studios and scribes Jenni Konner and Ali Rushfield; premise focuses on three generations of femmes in a family in which a 30-something woman is overwhelmed with responsibility for taking care of her teenage daughter and her own mother.
With the casting set, the single-camera pilot is set to lens later this month with Richard Shepard (an Emmy winner last year for the pilot of “Ugly Betty”) directing. Mullally, a two-time Emmy winner for her work on “Will & Grace,” toplined her own daytime yakker in the 2006-07 season. More recently, she’s been busy on Broadway co-starring in “Young Frankenstein.”
In addition to Silverstone and Mullally, ABC has a comedy pilot set with Alyssa Milano (“My Brother’s Hot and Other Dilemmas”), pictured right; Damon Wayans (“Never Better”); and Portia de Rossi in an untitled entry from scribe Victor Fresco.