Steven Weber is set as the male lead opposite Andie MacDowell   in ABC’s drama pilot Model Woman.

The project, from Sony TV’s TriStar Television and ABC Studios, is a fictionalized family soap inspired by Robert Lacey’s book Model Woman: Eileen Ford And The Business Of Beauty, the biography of the outspoken and controversial woman who started as a model and went on to co-found the famous Ford Modeling Agency with her husband Jerry.

Written by Reality Bites scribe Helen Childress and directed by Richard Shepard, Model Woman is set in the late 1970s during the notorious Model Wars and centers on Bertie Geiss (MacDowell) – a tempestuous matriarch and uncompromising businesswoman at the helm of an internationally renowned modeling agency. Confident, powerful, cunning woman who rarely loses control, Bertie is at the top of her game – and she intends to stay there.

Weber will play Miller, a character inspired by Jerry Ford. Miller is Bertie’s tall, charming, imposing and handsome husband and the father of their three children. A sharp businessman, Miller runs Geiss Agency with his wife, and he’s grown it into the top modeling agency in the world. He genuinely adores Bertie and has tremendous respect for her remarkable talents. Miller smolders without even knowing it.

Weber, who is recurring on iZombie and NCIS: New Orleans, is repped by UTA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Bill Sobel.