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Kristin ChenowethKristin Chenoweth is set to co-star opposite fellow Broadway boldface Matthew Broderick in CBS‘ untitled Tad Quill multi-camera comedy pilot directed by James Burrows. The project, from CBS TV Studios, centers on Jack (Broderick), a recently widowed father who raises his 12-year old son while jumping back into the dating pool. Chenoweth, repped by CAA, Untitled and attorney James Adams, will play Marnie, Jack’s cute but judgmental sister who works as a waitress at a nice but not-too-upscale restaurant. It is not clear if the two siblings share any musical talent. This marks Chenoweth’s return to CBS where she was booked for a major arc on The Good Wife last season, which was cut short by an on-set accident that injured the Tony-winner.

Gayle Rankin will co-star opposite Ben Walker and Jesse Plemons in HBO’s Cold War spy drama pilot The Missionary, from Charles Randolph, Stephen Levinson and Mark Wahlberg and author Malcolm Gladwell. Set in Berlin in the late 1960s, The Missionary centers on Roy (Walker), a young American missionary who gets caught up in Cold War intrigue while helping a young woman escape East Berlin. Juilliard graduate Rankin, repped by Principal Entertainment NY and Stewart Talent, plays Molly Elbridge. At first glance, Molly appears to be the traditional, religious wife of Sherwood Elbridge (Plemons) — one with an affectionately exasperated relationship to her preacher Roy (Walker) — but we soon discover she has more on the ball than the men around her. Baltasar Kormakur is directing.

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