Pilot Scoop: Topher Grace, Sarah Silverman Set to Play Siblings in HBO's People In New Jersey

People In New Jersey CastTopher Grace and Sarah Silverman are putting down roots in the Garden State.

The duo are set to play siblings in People In New Jersey, a half-hour comedy pilot for HBO produced by SNL overlord Lorne Michaels and directed by Bridesmaids helmer Paul Feig, TVLine has learned.

Oh, and their mother? She’ll be played by Broadway legend Patti LuPone.

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PINJ is described as a hilarious, poignant look at life today as seen through the prism of an adult brother and sister living in NJ. They each struggle to get through the day, asking themselves the big questions, the little questions, and everything in between.

Grace, in his first major TV gig since his ’70s Show days, will play Carl Levin, an affable (and single) locksmith who has a definite idea of how things and people should be and when the world doesn’t conform to his vision, he resists mightily.

Silverman’s character, Melanie Levin, is an extremely driven closet optimist who works part-time at a department store. She is is involved with a man in what her mother describes as a “half-relationship.”

LuPone’s matriarch Rachel, meanwhile, has been somewhat lost since the death of her husband. She focuses a lot of her energy on worrying about her children and why neither has settled down in a relationship.

Bruce Eric Kaplan (Girls, Six Feet Under) is penning the script and will serve as an EP alongside Michaels and Feig.

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  1. Zach says:

    Dream team!

  2. erin says:

    This sounds incredible already!

  3. schu says:

    I’ve never understood Sarah Silverman’s appeal. Topher seems pretty likable though.

  4. Thea says:

    I would watch for the cast alone, but the concept actually seems interest

  5. Terri says:

    Can they just cancel this now and save us the pain of watching it? Don’t like either lead, but both together ….. : (

  6. Joey says:

    Great casting news. I love both of them. Hope the show will get a series order.

  7. DavidSask says:

    Sarah’s voice on a weekly basis, no one is going to tolerate it!

  8. Rain says:

    Here’s hoping they all learn the actual accent of NJ, and not the normal over done horrific sounding fake one all of Hollywood likes to use! I think this is pretty interesting casting, I never would have thought of those 3 being remotely related so we’ll see.