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

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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.



Comments (16)

  • This sounds a whole lot like BRENDA FOREVER, the pilot Ellie Kemper did at NBC last year that alternated between showing her as a pudgy kid in her childhood and as a quirky adult in the present. It also showed her and her best friend at both stages in their lives, which FATRICK does, and featured her mother as a primary character, which FATRICK also does.

    Comment by Mackenzie – December 18, 2013 04:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I don’t remember Brenda Forever having anything to do with her weight. It sounded to me like she was just suppose to be an awkward child.

      Comment by dude – December 19, 2013 07:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love Marcia Cross, but this pilot sounds dreadful.

    Comment by Steven – December 18, 2013 04:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I want a DH spin-off with Bree in Kentucky being a conservative politician with a gay son and Scott Bakula as her husband

      Comment by Hannah – December 19, 2013 06:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i hope this gets picked up, i miss dh girls on my screen (:

    Comment by joão pedro jean (@joaotc) – December 18, 2013 04:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love Marcia Cross!! but she can do so much better.

    Comment by L – December 18, 2013 05:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • She’s playing a mom to a 30 something? She’s only 51! Man it’s hard being a woman over 40(or 50)..

    Comment by Josh – December 18, 2013 05:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • what does that have to with with anything??? they’re 21 years apart…so are me & my mother

      Comment by nate – December 18, 2013 06:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 30ish implies he isn’t 30 but 33-34…Meaning she’d need to be 17-18 to have him…

        Comment by Josh – December 18, 2013 08:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • i know this may shock you but that happens also.

          Comment by Alan – December 19, 2013 03:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Well, she also has to play his mother during his school years, I’d imagine, so they were probably looking for someone who, with minimal changes, could look either 30ish or 50ish. I’d say she fits that description!

      Comment by Ace – December 18, 2013 06:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • That makes a lot of sense Ace.

        Comment by Josh – December 18, 2013 08:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I would like to see her attempt comedy and hope this ginger girl succeeds!

    Comment by DavidSask – December 18, 2013 08:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wishing she was on scandal as a relative to abbey

    Comment by Amy195 – December 18, 2013 10:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This sounds awful. Any character with a “filter” problem soooo overdone. Too bad, she’s a great actress.

    Comment by Saabgirlatx – December 18, 2013 10:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Not what I thought she would do but if it gets picked up I’ll watch because I miss her on my TV hopefully it’s better than it sounds.

    Comment by Shari – December 19, 2013 05:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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