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.

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  1. Mackenzie says:

    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.

    • dude says:

      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.

  2. Steven says:

    I love Marcia Cross, but this pilot sounds dreadful.

    • Hannah says:

      I want a DH spin-off with Bree in Kentucky being a conservative politician with a gay son and Scott Bakula as her husband

  3. i hope this gets picked up, i miss dh girls on my screen (:

  4. L says:

    Love Marcia Cross!! but she can do so much better.

  5. Josh says:

    She’s playing a mom to a 30 something? She’s only 51! Man it’s hard being a woman over 40(or 50)..

  6. DavidSask says:

    I would like to see her attempt comedy and hope this ginger girl succeeds!

  7. Amy195 says:

    Wishing she was on scandal as a relative to abbey

  8. Saabgirlatx says:

    This sounds awful. Any character with a “filter” problem soooo overdone. Too bad, she’s a great actress.

  9. Shari says:

    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.