Last season, CBS ordered a single-camera comedy pilot called 'The McCarthys.' While the network ultimately passed on taking the pilot to series, they elected to give the premise another shot, this time in the form of a traditional multi-camera sitcom.
Created and produced by Brian Gallivan and Will Gluck, 'The McCarthys' centers on a large, sports obsessed Irish Catholic family of Bostonians. The currently vacant lead role is Ronny, the family's somewhat neurotic youngest son, who came out as gay to his family just two years prior to when the pilot is set. 'The Office' alum Jake Lacy was originally set to play the character, but backed out after the multi-camera retool was announced.
In fact, the majority of the original pilot's cast chose to exit at that time, including Oscar nominated actress Jacki Weaver. According to Deadline, that's where sitcom staple Laurie Metcalf will come in. Weaver was to portray Marjorie, the McCarthy matriarch. With her out of the picture, 'Roseanne' and 'Big Bang Theory' veteran Metcalf is stepping in to play the part. Jack McGee ('Common Law,' 'Rescue Me') remains on-board as McCarthy patriarch Arthur, becoming one of only two actors to appear in both pilots. The other is Joey McIntyre (yes, that one), who will play another of the McCarthy sons.
Whether Metcalf can move forward with 'The McCarthys' also depends on if HBO decides to renew 'Getting On,' the hospital set comedy that she currently fronts for the premium cable giant. 'Getting On' just finished its first season, earning critical raves along the way. Unfortunately, the ratings numbers weren't quite so positive. Of course, HBO could always opt to let Metcalf work on both projects, but that is completely up to them at this point.