Jane Lynch Cast Relatively Happy NBC Comedy Pilot

Jane Lynch Joins Cast of NBC's Comedy Pilot Relatively Happy

Well, this is some casting news to get Glee-ful about: Jane Lynch has signed on to star in the NBC comedy pilot Relatively Happy, TVLine has learned.

The Emmy winner will play Bobbi Martin, a “fast-living, Scotch-drinking, three-piece-suit-wearing, womanizing divorce attorney.” Bobbi is the boss and mentor of Henry (SNL alum Jon Rudnitsky), who moves in with his sister Heather (Good Girls Revolt‘s Genevieve Angelson) for the first time since they were kids after one of them suffers a painful loss.

Will & Grace co-creator Max Mutchnick and Jeff Astrof (Angie Tribeca) wrote the pilot, and they originally conceived the Bobbi character as a man. But, they say, “we realized the best person for the job was Jane Lynch.” Sitcom legend James Burrows will direct the pilot.

Lynch has a long and stellar career on the small screen, highlighted by her six seasons as cheer coach Sue Sylvester on Fox’s Glee. (She won an Emmy for the role in 2010.) She also starred in the short-lived CBS sitcom Angel From Hell and has a recurring role on Criminal Minds as Reid’s mother Diana. Currently, Lynch hosts the NBC game show Hollywood Game Night, which was renewed for a fifth season last May.

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5 Comments
  1. tjchurch2001 says:

    Loved her work on “Glee” (as long as I could actually stand to watch the show), have been waiting for “HGN” to return (love to see actors & others appear somewhere that main aim is not plugging other projects), & her work on “Criminal Minds” was main reason I kept watching for Reid storylines (when I saw it, while “Glee” was airing fresh, though I have yet to see her work from this year).

    Only downside? Wish someone would stop referring to her sitcom from Hell. (Not like it’s something anyone saw or to be proud of, & I see it as pointing toward CBS hating “Psych” actors, as it was led by Maggie Lawson, & now they cancelled “Doubt” with Dule Hill, without even airing remaining episodes as they are for “Training Day”.)

    • Haz says:

      Didn’t James Roday do a pilot with Mandy Moore that wasn’t picked up as well? I wish they would just bring Psych back especially since Netflix pulled it. I like Jane Lynch and enjoy her work when she’s in those Christopher Guest movies. CBS should have never ordered Doubt after they dropped Kadee Strickland for Heigl and then put it at midseason on a Wednesday I just never had any hope for it.

      • tjchurch2001 says:

        I don’t know about the Moore pilot, but despite what she may do on “This Is Me Not Watching”, I consider her a career-ruiner after the effects she had with/on Ryan Adams & Andy Roddick.

        Regardless, also have no clue who Strickland is (on;y heard of her on “Big Bang” alongside Tricia Helfer, who I know from “Burn Notice”… I’m a pretty-regular USA supporter), but it remains that CBS screwed “Doubt: by not offering other episodes I know were completed nowhere else I know, but continuing to air the complete season of an also-completed show with one main character that CANNOT return if it gets renewed, which may do largely due to a ratings rise it owes to that man’s real death!