EXCLUSIVE: CBS is adding some estrogen to midseason buddy comedy Friend Me with the introduction of a new regular female character to be played by Amanda Lund. Created by Alan Kirschenbaum and Ajay Sahgal, Friend Me is about two twentysomething best friends who just moved from Indiana to Los Angeles to start cool new jobs. Rob (Nicholas Braun) is eager to embrace the L.A. scene and meet new people, while Evan (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) prefers to socialize online at home in his underwear, web-chatting and playing poker with his Hoosier buddies Mike (Parveesh Cheena), Sully and Farhad (Dan Ahdoot). In what is considered the female lead on the ensemble, Lund will play the upbeat and often socially awkward Amanda Baxter, new to Los Angeles, alone after a break-up, and eager to move on with her life. Working for a caterer with dreams one day to be a chef, she finds the first friends of her new life in her neighbors Rob and Evan.
The new set-up of the multi-camera comedy echoes that of CBS hit The Big Bang Theory, which also centers on two guys and their neighbor, a new-to-LA pretty blonde. Friend Me brings Lund back to CBS; this past season, she co-stared in the network’s Nick Stoller single-camera comedy pilot that narrowly missed out on a series order. Lund is with WME and 3 Arts.