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Cheers Vet John Ratzenberger Joins Whitney Cummings' HBO Comedy Pilot

Let’s raise a glass to this piece of casting news: Cheers alum John Ratzenberger has nabbed a major role in HBO’s comedy pilot A Lot, starring Whitney Cummings.

Inspired by Maureen Dowd’s 2005 book Are Men Necessary?, the half-hour potential series stars Cummings as Amanda, a financially successful woman navigating a world that is complicated by the biological and cultural differences between men and women.

Per our sister site Deadline, Ratzenberger plays Amanda’s father, Gerry, who has a stroke-related medical condition called locked-in syndrome. Though his mind is functioning normally, Gerry cannot speak, move or open his eyes, forcing him to communicate with his daughter and nurse by wiggling his toe.

Ratzenberger — who counts Franklin & Bash and Drop Dead Diva among his recent TV credits — joins a cast that includes Brett Goldstein (Derek) and Lucy Punch (Ben and Kate).

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  1. Ben says:

    I was about to say I would watch anything with Ratzenberger in it.

    But, really, you cast Ratzenberger’s toe in an acting role? When he has that voice? Gah!

  2. Kevin K says:


  3. MZ says:

    Whitney cummings isn’t funny, how is she making a comedy?

  4. Weezy says:

    Oh boy yet more gender division tactical nonsense….hooray.