Scoop: Marcia Cross Eyes TV Comeback as Fatrick's Mother in Fox Comedy Pilot

Marcia Cross Fatrick MotherMarcia Cross is poised for her TV comeback, in her first gig since bidding Wisteria Lane adieu.

TVLine has learned that the onetime Desperate Housewife has landed the role of the mother in Fatrick, a Fox comedy pilot penned by Don’t Trust The B—-‘s Nahnatchka Khan and Corey Nickerson.

The single-camera pilot — to be directed by Oscar-winning scribes Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (The Descendants) — follows thirtysomething Patrick, a formerly fat kid who is compelled to face the damage caused by years of being “Fatrick,” with scenes set in both the present day and his school years.

Cross will play Patrick’s mother Arlene, a fit, energetic nutritionist who is rigid and intense when it comes to her family’s eating habits. Proud of her skinny daughter, she’s not quite as keen on her “plumper” offspring. Arlene means well when it comes to her family, but she has a little filter problem.

Prior to her eight-season Housewives run, during which she netted an Emmy nod and several Golden Globe nominations, Cross’ major TV credits included Everwood, Melrose Place and One Life to Live.