Weeds alum Kevin Nealon and Malcolm In the Middle‘s Jane Kaczmarek are set to co-star opposite comedian Tommy Johnagin and JoAnna Garcia Swisher in CBS’ untitled CBS comedy pilot inspired by Johnagin’s life.
The pilot, from writers Johnagin, Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker, WBTV and Bill Lawrence’s studio-based Doozer, stars Johnagin as Tommy, a stand-up comic raising a family in a small Midwestern town. Nealon plays Tommy’s dad Jack, a charming but manipulative loose cannon who flirts with every woman and says everything with a smile — but has a self-destructive streak and ruined his marriage to Linda (Kaczmarek), Tommy’s responsible mother who owns a local diner. Linda still treats her adult children like babies and loves a chance to brag about Tommy’s talk-show appearances and career path. She has held her ex-husband in absolute contempt for the past 17 years and forces him to eat at the crappiest seat in her restaurant. Swisher plays Tommy’s wife.