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Friday, November 4th, 2011

Trade Roundup: Melissa McCarthy, Happy Endings, Megan Mullally and More

Melissa McCarthy's script Tammy has a director: Tate Taylor, the director of The Help. The script, which McCarthy wrote with her husband Ben Falcone, is about "an overweight woman who is laid off from her job at Hardee’s, discovers her husband is having an affair, and decides to go on a road trip with her alcoholic, foul-mouthed, diabetic grandmother." Sounds like a rollicking good time if I've ever heard one.

ABC has ordered full seasons of Happy Endings and Last Man Standing. Great news about Happy Endings, but the homophobia, xenophobia, everything-that-isn't-a-white-male-phobia festival that is Last Man Standing? Gross. More like Last Me Puking, right?

Fox has picked up a li'l old multi-camera comedy from How I Met Your Mother executive producer Chuck Tatham, about about "an estranged couple reunited under less than ideal circumstances." Hmmm, sounds mysterious. Maybe the less than ideal circumstances are that their house disappeared and their pets start speaking to them and giving them clues. Or maybe it's something more normal than that.

Megan Mullally will join the cast of the Fox comedy Breaking In in its second season. If anyone is powerful enough to play Christian Slater's boss, it's Tammy Two.

Nathan Lane's USA pilot has gained some new cast members. Ken Jenkins (Dr. Kelson from Scrubs) will play Lane's father, whom Lane returns home to care for, and Cheyenne Jackson (Danny from 30 Rock will play a handsome doctor who lives in their town. Those actors are fatherlike and handsome, respectively, so I'm gonna call it a casting success.