Last week, Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) was cast in FOX's untitled single-camera comedy pilot — previously called I Suck At Girls — as Jack Dunlevy, the no-nonsense workaholic father who must shoulder a majority of the parenting responsibilities when his wife returns to law school. Last month, the project announced the two young leads who will play his teenaged children, Frankie and Rachel. Now we know who will play his wife.
Best known for playing "meanie mom" Lindsay on The New Adventures of Old Christine, Alex Kapp Horner has landed the female lead opposite Meloni as Jack's wife, Joanne. Now that her children are teenagers, Joanne has decided to go back to law school after almost singlehandedly raising them and running the Dunlevy household. As a result, Jack must serve as a full-time parent for the first time in his life.
An alumna of The Groundlings improv comedy troupe, Horner has guest-starred on a variety of sitcoms including Seinfeld, Friends, Will & Grace, and Happy Endings. She also had a regular role on the short-lived Faith Ford comedy vehicle Maggie Winters, which aired 16 episodes on CBS in the 1998-99 season.
Young actors Kevin Hernandez and Tyler Foden have joined the cast as the two best friends of teenage son Frankie, played by Connor Buckley (Deception). Hernandez will play the overly confident George, while Foden will play Mikey, a tough kid from a broken home.
Both of the youngsters have previous television experience in one-off roles. Foden has appeared on Medium, Veronica Mars, and iCarly, while Hernandez was seen on The Unit and My Name Is Earl before graduating to feature films with roles in The Sitter and Get The Gringo.
Based on I Suck At Girls, the follow-up book to Justin Halpern's bestseller Sh*t My Dad Says, the currently untitled project tells the coming-of-age story of a boy becoming a man and a man becoming a father in an era before Google was a verb. Halpern and writing partner Patrick Schumacker, who worked together on CBS's $#*! My Dad Says adaptation, penned the script and will serve as executive producers alongside Bill Lawrence (Cougar Town) and Jeff Ingold.
The pilot will be directed by Victor Nelli, who has helmed episodes of Ugly Betty, Scrubs, The Bernie Mac Show, Suburgatory, and Happy Endings.
I'm intrigued to see Christopher Meloni in a comedy role, and Alex Kapp Horner is a welcome sight as his wife. If only they could figure out a good title...