Joey Lauren Adams is set as the female lead opposite Billy Ray Cyrus in CMT’s upcoming single-camera comedy series Still The King. Production is underway for premiere in 2016.

Still The King is centered on Vernon Brown, AKA “Burnin’ Vernon” (Cyrus), a scandal-ridden washed up one-hit wonder who is kicked out of country music, only to emerge 20 years later as the second best Elvis impersonator in Laughlin, Nevada. After crashing into an old country church outside of Nashville during a drunken bender, he is sentenced to return and perform community service. Along the way, he pretends to be the congregation’s new minister and discovers he has a 15-year-old daughter he’s never met.

Adams will play Debbie Lynn Cook, a fiery and feisty single mother who lives with her unemployed younger boyfriend, Ronnie, and teenage daughter, Charlotte. Her life is turned upside down when Vernon unexpectedly crashes back into her life, 15 years after their one-night stand produced Charlotte.

Adams feature credits include Dazed And Confused, Mallrats and Chasing Amy, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination. She also wrote and directed the Sundance pic Come Early Morning, which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize in Drama, She recently guest-starred in the season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy. Adams is repped by Silver Lining Entertainment and attorney Dave Feldman.

Still The King is produced by Hideout Pictures with Cyrus serving as executive producer and writer. Shannon Houchins, Potsy Ponciroli and Travis Nicholson also executive produce. Julia Silverton and Jayson Dinsmore executive produce for CMT.