EXCLUSIVE: Happy Endings alumna Elisha Cuthbert is taking on another comedy with Happy in the title. After fielding multiple offers, Cuthbert has been tapped as the female lead opposite Nick Zano in NBC‘s multi-camera pilot One Big Happy, from Warner Bros TV and Ellen DeGeneres’ A Very Good Production. The project reunites Cuthbert and Zano who had a recurring role on Happy Endings. Written by Liz Feldman and directed by Scott Ellis, One Big Happy centers on two platonic friends since childhood — a lesbian, Lizzy (Cuthbert), and her straight male best friend, Luke (Zano) — who have been living together and trying to have a baby via artificial insemination for some time. They finally get pregnant — just as Luke meets and impulsively marries the love of his life. Feldman is exec producing with DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman.
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Cuthbert is part of the much-sought-after Happy Endings cast this pilot season. She is the latest to be scooped up, joining Eliza Coupe, Casey Wilson and Zachary Knighton, with Adam Pally and Damon Wayans Jr still in play. Cuthbert, who rose to fame with her role as Jack Bauer’s daughter Kim on 24, is repped by ICM Partners and John Carrabino Management.