Katey Sagal CBS Pilot

Katey Sagal to Star in CBS Comedy Pilot About a Family of Drag Racers

Katey Sagal is getting back to her comedic roots.

The Sons of Anarchy actress will star opposite John Carroll Lynch (American Horror Story) in an untitled CBS comedy pilot about an adopted woman named Bess who learns that she hails from a family of drag racers, our sister site Deadline reports.

Sagal will play Bess’ birth mother Julie, who took over for the family’s racing team after her husband (Lynch’s Wayne) lost an eye. She’ll likely butt heads with Bess’ adoptive mother Margaret, played by Mike & Molly‘s Swoosie Kurtz.

Before her dramatic turns on Sons and FX’s short-lived Bastard Executioner, Sagal was best known for her comedic work; her role as Married With Children‘s Peg Bundy, which she played from 1987 to 1997, earned her four Golden Globe nominations. She also voiced Futurama‘s Leela from 1999 to 2013.

Based on the Australian series Upper Middle Bogan, the single-camera comedy is written by Dan O’Shannon, Robyn Butler and Dan Hope.

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  1. Sokratis says:

    Im glad right at the end you mention it’s the U.S remake of Upper Middle Bogan, a fantastic Aussie show. This casting gives me hope, cause Katey Sagal is a top choice to play Julie, it’ll be a nice Peggy from Married with Children vibe I’m sure

  2. Camilla says:

    I’m not sure about the plotline, but I’m ready to see her back in comedy.

  3. Mark says:

    I loved her in 8 Simple Rules.

  4. Mike M says:

    Julie & Wayne are the original character names in UMB too, so it’s clearly a fairly direct remake of that very funny show. The original title won’t translate easily to the US, but “Loose Wheelers” would work pretty well – Wheeler is their surname / plus the fact they run a drag racing team.

  5. ducttaupe01 says:

    OMG, she’s starting a beehive……

  6. Brian says:

    Hulu in America actually has the original under the title Bess of Both Worlds. I wouldn’t be surprised if they used that title for the remake.

  7. lrdslvrhnd says:

    Title suggestion: Life’s a Drag. Done.
    Also, I’d totally watch this, especially with the casting so far.

  8. Diane says:

    Yes, I would love to watch this and the casting sounds like a win, win show. But, please no English accents. Keep it totally good ole USA. Accents are difficult to understand and I’m sure some of the humor would be lost to most Americans.

  9. Judy Lairson says:

    I will watch ANYTHING that Katey Sagal is in…I really loved Sons Of Anarchy..She really drew you in..as did ALL of the cast….. She is a super actress, and I feel that I can identify with her character no matter what role it is…

  10. Hollie Jackman says:

    I love Upper Middle Bogan! I can’t wait to see Sagal’s show.