Pilot Scoop: Debra Messing Hits Mother's Lode, Joins CBS Comedy From Smash Producers

159301732TM00074_70th_AnnuaIn yet another sign that the curtain is unlikely to rise on a third season of Smash, Debra Messing has signed on to headline a CBS comedy pilot.

The untitled project — which, coincidentally (or not?), is being written by Smash co-exec producers Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky — is an adaptation of the Israeli series Mother’s Day and centers on a married mom (Messing) struggling to balance family, life, and work.

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In addition to playing the lead role, Messing retains a co-exec producer credit.

Technically, the prospective series is in second position to Smash, but the odds of the struggling NBC musical returning next fall are slim at best.

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To wit, showrunner Josh Safran recently told TVLine that Season 2’s last episode has been “constructed as a series finale.”

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