Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: ABC is moving swiftly on casting its newly picked up single-camera comedy pilot Trophy Wife, written and executive produced by Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins and executive produced by Bad Teacher scribes Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky. Malin Akerman is in negotiations for the lead in the project, which received a cast-contingent pilot order on Friday.

Produced by ABC Studios, Trophy Wife centers on reformed party girl Kate (Akerman), who finds herself with an insta-family when she falls in love with a man with three manipulative kids and two judgmental ex-wives. The project would reunite Akerman with ABC, where she starred in the comedy pilot Smart One this past season. Following a co-starring turn in Lisa Kudrow’s cult HBO series The Comeback, WME-repped Akerman has been focused primarily on features while being actively pursued for pilots. Her upcoming films include CBGB, The Numbers Station opposite John Cusack and Stolen with Nicolas Cage.

TV Editor Nellie Andreeva - tip her here.

Get Deadline news and alerts sent to your inbox.