The Resident co-star Jane Leeves is set as a lead opposite Hannah Simone in ABC’s untitled single-camera comedy pilot starring, co-written and executive produced by the New Girl alumna, which hails from ABC Studios.
Leeves is currently a series regular on the Fox/20th TV medical drama The Resident with a one-year deal. If the ABC comedy pilot goes to series and The Resident is renewed for Season 3 (it is expected to), I hear she would be able to return to the Fox series for multiple episodes next season. If the pilot does not go too series, Leeves could continue on The Resident full time.
Written and executive produced by Simone and former New Girl co-executive producer Matt Fusfeld and Alex Cuthbertson, the pilot is inspired by Simone’s nontraditional Indian family, and revolves around Hannah and her Indian-American immigrant father Sid. They always have been close, but after she admits to herself she’s in a dead-end job and he reveals his marriage is over, they’re starting over together and each finding a new path. This new chapter will either make them crazy close — or just crazy.
Leeves’ Caroline is New Age-y with a fondness for crystals and meditation, the type who “really wants to know your sign.” She is effusive, warm, a bit batty and flamboyant, but well-meaning. She stuns her grown children by announcing she and Sid are divorced and she has fallen in love with someone new…herself.
Leeves, Emmy nominated for her role in Frasier, also starred on Hot In Cleveland. She is repped by Gersh and 3 Arts Entertainment.