Pilots: Rajskub, Trachtenberg Go for Laughs

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Two actresses best known for their drama series turns, former 24 star Mary Lynn Rajskub and Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Gossip Girl alum Michelle Trachtenberg, have joined comedy pilots, both at CBS.

Rajskub has joined How to Be a Gentleman, penned by David Hornsby and based on the book of the same name. The project is a buddy comedy about Alan (played by Hornsby), an uptight guy who is learning to live his life with the help of an old high school classmate (Entourage‘s Kevin Dillon). Rajskub will play Alan’s sister Janet, an aggressive, absolutely no-BS lawyer who runs roughshod over her meek but loving husband.

A stand-up comedienne on the side, Rajskub recently delivered guest-starring turns on the comedy series Modern Family and Raising Hope.

Trachtenberg meanwhile has landed the female lead in Peter Knight’s untitled workplace ensemble revolving around the young-adult employees at a high-powered venture capital firm. It centers on Danny, who is shocked when his crush, competitor and fellow trainee, Gracie (Trachtenberg), is promoted out of the mailroom and into a junior associate position.

Also cast in that pilot is Tim Peper (Carpoolers), as Danny’s obnoxiously lovable best friend.

In addition to her intermittent Gossip Girl visits, Trachtenberg starred on last season’s NBC drama Mercy.

Comments (8)

  • Rajskub is freaking hilarious so this is awesome news.

    I don’t really get Trachtenberg, though. She seems like a sweet girl in interviews, but her acting is pretty ehh.

    Comment by LP – March 18, 2011 06:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Promising.

    Comment by Justin K – March 18, 2011 07:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love ‘em both. Trachtenberg was hysterical in Eurotrip and Rajskub was awesome in 24.

    Comment by Francesca – March 19, 2011 04:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I miss Mercy :(

    Comment by Blake – March 19, 2011 07:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

    Comment by Pat D. – March 19, 2011 02:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ve always known Rajskub to be in comedies (well, those are the only ones I have seen her in – except 24). Her deadpan face makes me laugh.
    Only seen Trachtenberg in Buffy, and her character annoyed me there.

    Comment by Vanny – March 20, 2011 01:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • cant wait to see Rajskub as a regular again <3

    Comment by lipsticksocialism – March 20, 2011 07:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I wish Mercy was never cancel it was a funny and drama show. and the three girls where perfect for the show.

    Comment by fernando – March 20, 2011 09:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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