Emmy winner Sharon Gless is set as a series regular in Saint Francis, Chris Moynihan’s multi-camera comedy pilot for ABC, from ABC Studios and Tagline. It centers on Francis Quinlan (Michael Imperioli), a no-nonsense, blue-collar Long Island cop and family man who butts heads with the modern, liberal world when his 29-year-old sister Heather (Spencer Grammer) gets pregnant out of wedlock. Gless will play Francis’ mother Janice Quinlan, an Irish Catholic “widow/martyr” who has taken up permanent residence in Francis’ basement. When she learns that Heather is pregnant, she rushes off to her parish priest, who is happy to confirm the fact that Janice’s only daughter is going straight to hell. Gless, repped by Domain, manager Perry Zimel and Katz Golden Rosenman LLP, is coming off seven-season run on USA’s Burn Notice. Other TV credits include turns on Queer As Folk, Nip/Tuck, The Trials Of Rosie O’Neill and BBC telefilm The State Within. She won two Emmys and was a Golden Globe nominee for her role on Cagney & Lacey.
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