Trade Roundup: Rachel Dratch, Larry Wilmore, Lily Tomlin, Martin Lawrence
People bookin’ pilots! Rachel Dratch has joined NBC’s multicamera Lady Friends as one of two friends whose lives change when the more successful one (Andrea Anders from Better Off Ted) gets married. Sounds kinda Bridesmaids-y. In a good way.
Living Loaded, the new show from Always Sunny’s Rob McElhenney and Rob Rosell, has added Larry Wilmore as “a thoughtful and reserved black intellectual whose dream of hosting his own NPR show is crushed” by his new co-host, the show’s protagonist. Poor Larry Wilmore. He’ll always have his Daily Show job as Senior Black Correspondent to fall back on.
Lily Tomlin will play Reba McEntire’s mother in Reba’s untitled pilot for ABC. Yeah, I’ll buy that casting.
And finally, a multi-camera comedy starring Martin Lawrence has been greenlit by CBS. Lawrence will play “a widowed father of two teenagers who, after losing his job in construction, decides to go to the police academy and become a cop at the age of 46.” By the way, did you guys all know that Martin Lawrence was born in Germany and used to be engaged to Lisa Turtle from Saved By the Bell? (I was trying to think of a joke about him, but honestly the “Personal Life” section of his Wikipedia page is amazing enough on its own.)