Pilots: Rajskub, Trachtenberg Go for Laughs

Two actresses best known for their drama series turns, former 24 star Mary Lynn Rajskub and Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Gossip Girl alum Michelle Trachtenberg, have joined comedy pilots, both at CBS.

Rajskub has joined How to Be a Gentleman, penned by David Hornsby and based on the book of the same name. The project is a buddy comedy about Alan (played by Hornsby), an uptight guy who is learning to live his life with the help of an old high school classmate (Entourage‘s Kevin Dillon). Rajskub will play Alan’s sister Janet, an aggressive, absolutely no-BS lawyer who runs roughshod over her meek but loving husband.

A stand-up comedienne on the side, Rajskub recently delivered guest-starring turns on the comedy series Modern Family and Raising Hope.

Trachtenberg meanwhile has landed the female lead in Peter Knight’s untitled workplace ensemble revolving around the young-adult employees at a high-powered venture capital firm. It centers on Danny, who is shocked when his crush, competitor and fellow trainee, Gracie (Trachtenberg), is promoted out of the mailroom and into a junior associate position.

Also cast in that pilot is Tim Peper (Carpoolers), as Danny’s obnoxiously lovable best friend.

In addition to her intermittent Gossip Girl visits, Trachtenberg starred on last season’s NBC drama Mercy.