Back in February, we let you know that 'How I Met Your Mother's Alyson Hannigan had signed on to play the female lead in the CBS sitcom pilot 'More Time with Family.' In early March, 'Sopranos' veteran Joe Pantoliano joined the cast. Now, TV mainstay Nancy Lenehan ('How to Be a Gentleman,' 'The New Adventures of Old Christine,' 'My Name is Earl') has signed on to be a series regular as well.
'More Time with Family' is a multi-camera pilot about an overworked husband and father that makes a drastic career change in order to ... spend more time with his family. The title kind of says it all in this particular case.
Stand-up comedian Tom Papa penned the script, and will also play male lead character Tom Rizzo. Hannigan will play his wife Cindy. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon serve as executive producers on the project, via their Pearl Street Films production shingle.
Lenehan will play Barb, Tom's sweet, somewhat overly protective mother. She'll play opposite Pantoliano, who portrays Stan, Tom's outspoken, old-school father. This sounds like the usual sitcom case of two totally different people that somehow ended up married. Not that opposites don't sometimes attract in real life, it's just a trope that lots of situation comedy writers fall back on.
'More Time with Family' is still in the early development stages, but is very likely to find a spot on CBS' 2014-2015 schedule. The supporting cast also includes Jack Gore ('The Michael J. Fox Show') and Zoe Pessin ('Mike & Molly') as two of the Rizzos' children.