It appears Debra Messing will not be waiting around for the ax to fall on NBC's Smash.
The actress has signed on to star in a new CBS comedy pilot that is being developed by Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky. The series is untitled at this point, but will be on an Israel format and shot with a single camera.
Messing will play Shira, a married mother who struggles to balance her hectic life. Shira is a ghost writer to a famous celebrity chef and mother of three, ranging in age from toddler to 7. Her complicated life causes her to feel like she is cutting corners to get by, which frustrates her and makes her feel like she is failing as a mother.
Messing, who rose to fame on Will & Grace, is the first person cast in the pilot and she will also be executive producing the comedy. At this juncture, this project is below Smash in her priority scale, but let us be real: Smash is dead.
This has to be considered a bit of a success for CBS, as Messing was nominated six-times for Emmy awards for her work as Grace Adler.
Rottenberg and Zuritsky worked together before, on Smash as well as Sex and the City. They will write and executive produce the pilot.