Malin Akerman is now set to star in ABC‘s recently picked-up single-camera comedy pilot Trophy Wife, written and executive produced by Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins and executive produced by Bad Teacher scribes Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky. Akerman had been in negotiations for the lead in the project, which received a cast-contingent pilot order earlier this month. With her on board, the contingency is lifted, and the pilot will be heading to production. Trophy Wife was originally developed last season, and I hear ABC’s decision to give it a pilot order hinged on the producers being able to land Akerman.
Produced by ABC Studios, Trophy Wife centers on reformed party girl Kate (Akerman), who finds herself with an insta-family when she falls in love with a man with three manipulative kids and two judgmental ex-wives. The project reunites Akerman with ABC, where she starred in the comedy pilot Smart One this past season. Following a co-starring turn in Lisa Kudrow’s cult HBO series The Comeback, WME-repped Akerman has been focused primarily on features while being actively pursued for pilots. Her upcoming films include CBGB, The Numbers Station opposite John Cusack and Stolen with Nicolas Cage.