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Joey Lauren Adams Cast in CMT’s Billy Ray Cyrus Comedy Series

CMT’s Billy Ray Cyrus comedy series has found its leading lady in Joey Lauren Adams, Variety has learned.

The “Chasing Amy” and “Dazed and Confused” vet will play Debbie, the female lead in “Still the King.” A feisty single mother, the character lives with her unemployed younger boyfriend, Ronnie, and teenage daughter, Charlotte — the product of a one-night-stand with Cyrus’ fallen country music star, Vernon Brown.

“‘Still the King’ is one of those special projects where just one week in, it already feels like family,” said Adams. “It’s a pleasure to join such a kind and talented group of people whose strong vision and love for their characters makes bringing Debbie to life a true joy. The show is quick, funny and smart and will catch you off guard with genuine emotion. I’m having a great time — and often finding it difficult to keep a straight face.”

The scripted, single-camera comedy is the first such endeavor for the Viacom-owned channel. It stars Cyrus as Burnin’ Vernon, a scandal-ridden, washed-up crooner. Kicked out of country music, he emerges 20 years later as the second-best Elvis impersonator in Laughlin, Nev. After a drunken bender sends him crashing into an old country church outside of Nashville, he is sentenced to return and perform community service. He then pretends to be the congregation’s new minister and discovers he has a 15-year-old daughter he’s never met.

Produced by Hideout Pictures, “Still the King” has Cyrus serving as executive producer and writer. Shannon Houchins, Potsy Ponciroli and Travis Nicholson also executive produce. Julia Silverton and Jayson Dinsmore executive produce for CMT.

Adams is represented by Silver Lining Entertainment and attorney Dave Feldman.

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