Emmy-winner Kathy Baker will follow her turn in Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks with roles in a pair of indies. In Dito Montiel’s Boulevard Baker will star opposite Robin Williams as Joy, the wife of a married man (Williams) who begins to come to terms with a deep secret after meeting a guarded young man. Camellia Entertainment and Evil Media Empire are producing. Baker has also joined the cast of John Wells Productions and River Road Entertainment’s Beach Boys pic Love & Mercy, about the life of Brian Wilson. She’ll play Rosemary Ledbetter, mother to Wilson’s wife Melinda Ledbetter (Elizabeth Banks). Baker’s upcoming pics include Tom Hanks starrer Saving Mr. Banks, The Trials of Cate McCall with Kate Beckinsale, and Return to Zero with Minnie Driver. She is repped by Paradigm and Berwick & Kovacik.
EXCLUSIVE: Bridesmaids co-star Wendi McLendon-Covey, who was just tapped as the female lead of Adam F. Goldberg/Seth Gordon’s ABC comedy pilot How The Hell Am I Normal, is set for a recurring role on Showtime‘s upcoming drama series Masters Of Sex. The series, an adaptation of Thomas Maier’s book, stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality, William Masters and Virginia Johnson, and chronicles their unusual lives, romance and pop culture trajectory. McLendon-Covey will play Dr. Lillian DePaul, a new, formidable doctor at the hospital — the only female in an all-boys club who is both competitive with and a mentor to Johnson (Caplan).
Bridesmaids co-star Wendi McLendon-Covey has been tapped as the female lead of ABC‘s untitled Adam F. Goldberg single-camera comedy pilot (formerly How the F Am I Normal), written by Goldberg and to be directed by Seth Gordon. The project, inspired by Goldberg’s experience growing up in the ’80s with a highly screwed up but loving family, is a family comedy set in the ’80s that centers on an in-your-face mother and hot-tempered father who love their three eccentric kids so much, they can’t bear to see them grow up. McLendon-Covey will play the mother, Beverly Gold, a dedicated mom and an overbearing hyper-emotional shopaholic with no sense of boundaries and a big mouth that she’s not afraid to use. The project, from Sony TV and Happy Madison, was given an early pilot order last month after landing a production commitment when it moved to ABC in September from Fox where it was originally set up last season.
McLendon-Covey was among the most sought after actresses for comedy pilots this season, along with Anna Faris, who was tapped as the lead of Chuck Lorre’s CBS pilot Mom, Malin Akerman, who toplines ABC’s off-cycle comedy pilot Trophy Wife, and Damages alumna Rose Byrne, who is being courted by a slew of half-hour projects. McLendon-Covey, repped by UTA and manager Gladys Gonzalez, has an existing relationship with Sony TV and Happy Madison — she has recurred on their long-running …
EXCLUSIVE: Bridesmaids co-star Wendi McLendon-Covey has been tapped as the female lead in ABC’s comedy pilot Only Fools And Horses. The deal caps a couple of days of frenzy surrounding the actress, who suddenly became available for broadcast pilots when she was released from the HBO pilot Viagra Diaries on Friday following star Goldie Hawn’s surprising exit. McLendon-Covey’s reps were immediately inundated with calls. The Reno 911! alumna received five offers, ultimately settling on Only Fools And Horses. Based on the British format, the multicamera comedy chronicles the misadventures of two streetwise brothers, Del (John Leguizamo) and Rodney (Dustin Ybarra), and their aging grandfather (Christopher Lloyd) as they concoct outrageous, morally questionable get-rich-quick schemes in their quest to become millionaires. McLendon-Covey will play Del’s ex-wife Ruby, owner of The Lost And Found Lounge, who kicked him to the curb after he traded her wedding ring for a truckload of ostrich meat. Groundlings alumna McLendon-Covey, repped by UTA and manager Gladys Gonzalez, will next be seen in the features Magic Mike and What To Expect When You’re Expecting. She recently reunited with her Bridesmaids castmates at the Oscars where they served as presenters.
EXCLUSIVE: Bridesmaids’ Wendi McLendon-Covey is set to co-star opposite Goldie Hawn in HBO’s comedy pilot The Viagra Diaries, created by Sex and the City creator/executive producer Darren Star. The gig reunites her with Bridesmaids director Paul Feig, who is directing the pilot. Based on the book by Barbara Rose Brooker, Viagra Diaries centers on Claire (Hawn) who, after her husband has a “mid-life crisis” at 65 and leaves her, struggles with being single for the first time in 35 years. McLendon will play Claire’s daughter Hope, a female therapist. Executive producing the pilot are Star, Hawn, Feig, Aaron Kaplan, Alan, Wendy & Peter Riche, Brian Medavoy, Alan Nevins and David Knoller. Groundlings alumna McLendon-Covey, repped by UTA and manager Gladys Gonzalez, co-starred on Comedy Central’s Reno 911!. She will next be seen in the features Magic Mike and What To Expect When You’re Expecting and will reunite with her Bridesmaids cast mates at the Oscars where they will serve as presenters.