Break out the rice and book a hall for the reception. The ABC comedy pilot Trophy Wife has landed Bradley Whitford as a husband, and he might be bringing along Marcia Gay Harden as one of his ex-wives.
Best known for portraying White House Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman on NBC's The West Wing, Whitford has signed on to star as Brad opposite Malin Åkerman's Kate in the single-camera project. Written by Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins and executive produced by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, Trophy Wife focuses on Kate, a reformed party girl who suddenly acquires an insta-family when she falls in love with Whitford's character Brad, an older man with three manipulative children and two judgmental ex-wives.
One of those ex-wives may be played by Marcia Gay Harden, who is in negotiations to join the project as Brad's thoroughly intimidating first wife. Named Diane, she is a former Olympic swimmer who is now an orthopedic surgeon and the mother of their 15-year-old fraternal twins. No word yet on casting for his second wife.
Announced last week, Jason Moore will be directing the pilot for ABC. In addition to directing the current feature film Pitch Perfect, Moore has previously directed several episodes of television series including Dawson's Creek, Everwood, and Brothers & Sisters. In 2004, he was nominated for a Tony Award for directing the off-Broadway musical Avenue Q.
While the future for any television pilot is unclear, this one sounds like it has a good chance of making it to series considering the pedigree of the team behind the project and the cast being assembled. It might be time to pick up a wedding gift for Trophy Wife.