Linda Lavin has been cast opposite Sean Hayes in Hayes’ multi-camera comedy pilot for NBC written by Victor Fresco and directed by James Burrows. The project, from Universal TV and Hazy Mills, centers on Sean (Hayes), who must figure out how to parent his 14-year-old daughter, who just moved in, while navigating a temperamental new boss at work. Former Alice star Lavin will play his mother.
In another mother figure casting, Ann Dowd is set to recur on Showtime’s new drama series Masters Of Sex, which stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality, William Masters and Virginia Johnson. Dowd, repped by Innovative, will play Estabrooks, Masters’ (Sheen) mother. She’s coming out in Side Effects this week and has garnered awards and nominations for her performance in Compliance.