Minnie Driver Catches CBS' Hail Mary Pilot

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Minnie Driver is eyeing a return to series TV with a lead role in the CBS drama pilot Hail Mary.

The onetime matriarch of FX’s The Riches will play a suburban mom-turned-private eye who teams up with a streetwise hustler to solve crimes.

The L Word co-creator Ilene Chaiken recently came on board as exec producer and showrunner.

Driver — who snagged an Oscar nomination for Good Will Hunting — guest-starred on Modern Family last season as a former colleague of Julie Bowen’s Claire.

In other pilot news: Whedonverse all-star Alan Tudyk has been cast in the ABC comedy pilot Suburgatory, Deadline reports. The project centers on a city girl (Jane Levy) who relocates to the suburbs with her father. Tudyk will play dad’s old college buddy.

Comments (12)

  • Now I’ll watch! I loved her in Gross Point Blank!

    Comment by Steven – February 21, 2011 08:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • For the love of God, CBS, stop it with your procedurals or anything to do with cops and doctors. There’s enough on your network already.

    Comment by eskeigh – February 21, 2011 09:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • And what should they air? Procedurals are the least flopping genre. Fox and ABC with their Lone Stars and Eastwicks etc. should know.

      I don’t care what genre a show is, as long as the show itself is good. And CBS knows its strength. They make the best procedurals.

      Comment by timotey – February 22, 2011 01:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love Minnie Driver, but this sounds so formulaic. She will be a divorced single mother who is a bit uptight and follows the rules. Her partner (the streetwise hustler) will drive her nuts but there will be an attraction between them. And hilarity ensues. CBS if you want a good show about rag tag investigators, pick up the brilliant but cancelled Terriers (and change the name).

    Comment by lelolai – February 22, 2011 05:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I LOVE Alan Tudyk! This show doesn’t sound very promising, though… he deserves better!!

    Comment by ktwolf – February 22, 2011 05:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Don’t worry, he’ll be dead by the 3rd act of the pilot.

      Comment by John – February 22, 2011 02:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The only thing that would make this news better is if Eddie Izzard is cast as her co-lead.

    Now if you’ll excuse me….I’m off to do my happy dance.

    Comment by Magically Suspicious – February 22, 2011 07:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • This is set in the ATL…so, her co-lead will have a much deeper tan than EI

      Comment by The Joint Chief – February 22, 2011 08:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ugh, Minnie Driver irks me. I will NOT watch.

    Comment by thepinkllama – February 22, 2011 03:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is CBS’s version of Castle. Minnie Driver will not draw an audience. She is way too annoying. CBS’s hot streak may be coming to an end judging from what I have read about the new pilots being developed and the lead actors in them. Blah. Person of Interest with Michael Emerson is the only won I am looking forward to.

    Comment by jj – March 1, 2011 05:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Bring back “the riches” with eddie izzard and minnie driver with original cast!!!

    Comment by joe know – July 4, 2011 11:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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