Although Debra Messing earned high praise throughout her run on Will & Grace, her success ever since has been moreover lacking. Messing followed the hit NBC sitcom with a short-lived basic cable dramedy The Starter Wife, returning to her old network thereafter for the musical series Smash... which, although still part of the lineup, has been moved to Saturdays (never a good sign).
But with all of the comical talent Messing has at her disposal, we hope that this next venture will be a revival of her acclaim: Deadline reports that the actress will be starring in a new CBS pilot, playing a compulsive liar whose penchant for spinning yarns begins to infect her home and work lives.
The pilot comes from writing/producing team Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky, who have worked on Messing's Smash as well as Sex and the City. The unnamed project, originally titled Mother's Day, derives from an Israeli comedy series.
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