Mira Sorvino didn't have any luck with her own drama pilot entitled Trooper, but she didn't let that stop her. The Academy Award winning actress is returning to her comedy roots as the wife of comedian Jim Gaffigan in his untitled single-camera pilot for CBS.
Co-written by Gaffigan and prolific television writer/producer Peter Tolan, the semi-autobiographical project will star Gaffigan as Jim, a man who must deal with the insanity of living with his wife and five children in a two-bedroom apartment in New York City.
Sorvino, who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 1995 for her part in Woody Allen's Mighty Aphrodite, will play Jim's wife Jeannie. Based on Gaffigan's real-life spouse of the same name, Jeannie is described as a super-wife and a super-mom who must also look after her sixth child: her husband.
Last month, TNT declined to pick up Trooper, a drama pilot produced by Jerry Bruckheimer starring Sorvino as a recently divorced state trooper who has an unconventional style both at work and at home while raising her three children. CBS passed on the project last year.
Although she made her acting debut on television in the short-lived syndicated teen drama Swans Crossing, Sorvino hasn't appeared on TV in a regular role since her turn in the 2009 NBC miniseries The Last Templar. She is perhaps best known for her co-starring role in the 1997 big-screen comedy Romy and Michele's High School Reunion.
Are you glad to see Mira Sorvino displaying her comedic chops again?