NBC wants Mary-Louise Parker for a pilot, any pilot

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Mary-Louise Parker Mary-Louise Parker, who found a mid-career groove with “The West Wing” and “Weeds,” could be returning to the medium that loves her best.

“The Hollywood Reporter” is reporting that the talented actress may headline  Feed Me,  a half-hour NBC comedy pilot from legendary TV producers Paul Witt and Tony Thomas (The Golden Girls), that shares a few traits of contemporary half-hour comedies.

Please, not sitcoms. That term is so jejune. THR’s Lesley Goldberg has the details:

The single-camera vehicle, which was written on spec, is described as a comedic exploration of adult intimacy and desire that centers on a dysfunctional family bound by love and the restaurant they run together. And when daughter Emma’s husband has an affair, they circle the wagons to fiercely protect one of their own.

Parker would play the lead, Ellen, a slightly OCD wife, mother of two and accountant who is stuck in her ways and whose approach to life is a challenge for those around her — including her husband, parents and brothers, most of whom are in the restaurant business.

Who knows how this show will turn out, or if it even makes it onto the prime time schedule. What’s encouraging is that Parker, who is great, is possibly involved. Plus, NBC wants her badly: Goldberg writes that NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt gave Parker “a stack of scripts.” This suggests that Greenblatt will give any show she’s in a chance to find its footing.

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