Psych co-star Maggie Lawson has landed the lead opposite James Caan in the Cullen brothers’ single-camera comedy pilot for ABC. In December, USA Network announced an eighth-season renewal for veteran Psych with an eight-episode order. The network stopped short of saying the eighth season will be Psych‘s last, but I have learned that the plan is for the eight-episode Season 8 to be the show’s final installment. The ABC pilot has Lawson in first position, but since Psych‘s eighth season won’t air until 2014, it will film for eight weeks starting April 29, allowing Lawson to finish her role as Juliet O’Hara. (Of course, with fan favorite Psych anything is possible, including extra episodes and even another season, though Lawson’s future on the show beyond the eight-episode Season 8 is unclear.)
The Cullen brothers project, from 20th TV, centers on Terry Gannon (Lawson), a recently divorced single mother who temporarily moves in with her estranged father (Caan), a beer-swilling former baseball player. She reluctantly starts coaching her son Tommy’s (Griffin Gluck) underdog Little League team and is drawn back into the world of sports she vowed to leave behind. Ben Koldyke co-stars in the pilot, written by Mark and Robb Cullen and directed by feature directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra in their pilot-directing debut. The Cullen brothers are executive producing the pilot with Requa, Ficarra and Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment. Lawson is with Gersh, Alchemy Entertainment and attorney Michael Schenkman.