Debra Messing Graces CBS with Comedy Pilot

Debra Messing

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).

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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.

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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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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.

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