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Mysteries of Laura EP on Debra Messing Cop Comedy: 'We Push the Envelope'

The Mysteries Of Laura

NBC on Wednesday is giving audiences a sneak peek at its new action-comedy The Mysteries of Laura (10/9c), which finds Debra Messing packing heat… and school lunches.

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The former Smash star pulls double duty as an NYPD homicide detective and mother of twin boys — actually, make that twin terrors — and executive producer Jeff Rake tells TVLine that the constant struggle for balance is what makes Messing perfect for Laura, which is based on a Spanish-language procedural.

“We all know her comedic chops from Will & Grace, but for those who saw The Starter Wife, they know this is someone who can also play grounded dramedy and drama,” Rake explains. “This should be a fun, relatable, surprising, cathartic hour of popcorn television. We push the envelope a little bit, but it’s all in the interest of letting the audience connect to this character.”

In addition to Laura’s out-of-control boys — who may or may not pee on one another during the pilot — her manic home life also includes a soon-to-be-ex-husband, played by Josh Lucas. Rake says he wants the audience to hold out hope for a reconciliation, but for now, it’s important to be realistic.

“Jake is a flawed guy who did a bad thing, and characters like that don’t change overnight,” Rake says, adding that he wants to remain sympathetic to the plight of couples facing divorce. “He’s got a lot of work to do if he wants to earn Laura’s heart back — and he’s going to try.”

The Mysteries Of LauraThen there’s Laura’s work life, which is just as harrowing for very different reasons. Along with the mystery of the week — which, at least based on the pilot, will play out in a Clue-like fashion — she’s got a jealous co-worker named Meredith (True Blood‘s Janina Gavankar), who remains desperate to get in the good graces of their captain (Veronica Mars‘ Enrico Colantoni).

“Meredith wakes up in the morning and goes to bed at night sticking pins in the voodoo doll of Laura,” Rake says, “but only because Meredith is perfect and always on the ball — yet there’s Laura, who rolls out of bed with oatmeal in her hair, yet somehow comes up with the smartest solves without even breaking a sweat.”

Without giving away too much, Laura’s work and home lives collide in a very serious way in the pilot’s final moments, but even when things seem their bleakest, Rake reminds us: “We’re absolutely not taking ourselves too seriously.”

The Mysteries of Laura pilot airs tonight at 10/9c, before moving to its regular time, Wednesdays at 8 pm, on Sept. 24.

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12 Comments
  1. Eric7740 says:

    Love Debra Messing!!! Been looking forward to this show, I hope it does well!

  2. Dmac says:

    What exactly is the “Mystery” of Laura. This show looks awful and this is coming from someone who likes Debra Messing. What I finally realized is just because she was great in Will and Grace doesn’t mean she can carry a show.

  3. Tran says:

    Mysteries of Laura is one of the new shows of the Fall TV season viewers should be “skipping” and the title really says it all in a very bad way. :-(

    • Moment says:

      I can see it pulling probably a 1.2-1.4 in the 8pm timeslot and then hemorrhaging viewers weekly. People won’t watch it, and those that do will lose interest quickly.

  4. roedecker says:

    I’m from Spain, and after watching the trailer, this looks good (not great), but I see more differences than similarities. I would recommend seeing both series.

    And yes, the original series has Clue (or Murder, She Wrote)-like mysteries.

    • jm says:

      I´m from Spain too and it is more like Desperate Housewives meet Murder, She Wrote. I think they remove the characters from series 1 that were not longer in Series 2 and 3 (Good Call). And it has more action that in the spanish version.

  5. John NYC says:

    I was dubious, but they got me with Enrico Colantoni.

  6. Jenny says:

    If the Mysteries of Laura is what’s considered pushing the envelope, let me find my Return to Sender stamp.

  7. Annette Asbill says:

    What is name of actor who played Dan Houser?

  8. How do you get brown eye twins from a green eyed mother & a blue eyed father someone please tell me?

  9. Karen wilinsky scanlon says:

    The Mysteries Of Laura : Brown eyed twins from green & blue eyed parents???

  10. helen says:

    I thought this was hysterically funny and messing is amazing. I hope the series is successful!