EXCLUSIVE: Heather Graham has been tapped to star opposite Rob Corddry in Fox’s comedy pilot Little In Common. Rob Thomas’ single-camera comedy, produced by WBTV, centers on the Wellers (Corddry, Graham), who move from California to Texas but find that their adjustment won’t be quite that easy considering their Latina single-mother neighbor (Alana Ubach) has a radically different approach to child-rearing than they do, while their other new neighborhood acquaintances, the African American Burlesons (Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union), take sports very seriously. Graham’s role, which has been recast, was played by Paula Marshall in the original pilot, in which Ubach had a husband played by Lombardo Boyar. This is a rare series gig for Graham, who has been focused primarily on features. She previously toplined the short-lived ABC comedy Emily’s Reasons Why Not and recurred on Scrubs.
Little In Common garnered solid buzz during pilot screenings. It didn’t snag a series order in May, but the network ordered a new retooled pilot (some of the kids roles also have been recast) in consideration for Fox’s two-hour midseason Tuesday comedy block. With its pending 13-episode order, canceled comedy Breaking In seems a lock for a spot in the block alongside returning comedy Raising Hope, which has a full-season 22-episode order. Other contenders include upcoming freshmen New Girl and I Hate My Teenage Daughter, which will have to earn back-nine orders. Style-wise, Breaking In, Raising Hope, New Girl and Little In Common are all single-camera, while I Hate My Teenage Daughter is multicamera. Graham, repped by Gresh and the Schiff Co, is filming Heartland opposite Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron and recently wrapped Cherry opposite James Franco.