Cybill Shepherd Joins Cast of ABC Comedy TROPHY WIFE
E! News reports that Cybill Shepherd has joined the cast of the ABC's freshman comedy TROPHY WIFE. The actress will play Kate's (Malin Akerman) mom, Cricket, described as "a fun-loving, spontaneous wild child" whose arrival "quickly throws Kate's family life into chaos."
According to the report, Shepherd's character will first appear at the end of episode 17 and will then be featured predominantly in episode 18.
Shepherd is best known for her roles as Jacy in The Last Picture Show (1971), Kelly in The Heartbreak Kid (1972), Betsy in Taxi Driver (1976), Maddie Hayes in Moonlighting (1985-1989), Cybill Sheridan in Cybill (1995-1998), Phyllis Kroll in The L Word (2007-2009) and Madeleine Spencer in Psych (2008-2013).
They say the third time's the charm, and reformed party girl Kate (Malin Akerman) is hoping that's true when she becomes the third wife of a slightly older man, Pete (Bradley Whitford). They fell into each others' arms (literally) at a karaoke bar, and flash forward a year later, Kate finds herself with an instafamily complete with three stepchildren and two ex-wives. But Kate is determined to make this work and become a part of the family no matter what.
Diane (Marcia Gay Harden) is ex-wife number one, an intense and overachieving former Olympic athlete and the mother of twin teenagers Hillary (Bailee Madison) and Warren (Ryan Lee). Diane is quick to convey her withering disapproval of Kate's barely tapped maternal instincts. Daughter Hillary is not a fan of her new step-mom either, despite Kate's attempts to win her trust. And son Warren may have an erotic fixation on his dad's beautiful, young spouse. Ex-wife number two, Jackie (Michaela Watkins), is mother to adopted son Bert (Albert Tsai), and can pull Pete's strings with her special blend of neurotic, new-ageyness.
Juggling all this baggage is uncharted territory for Kate, who finds support in the most unusual place - with her best friend, Meg (Natalie Morales), a party-hearty singleton and the only woman Kate knows who has less experience with kids than she has.
"Trophy Wife" stars Malin Akerman ("27 Dresses") as Kate, Bradley Whitford ("The West Wing") as Pete, Michaela Watkins ("Saturday Night Live") as Jackie, Natalie Morales ("Parks and Recreation") as Meg, Ryan Lee ("Super 8") as Warren, Bailee Madison ("Once Upon a Time") as Hillary, Albert Tsai ("How I Met Your Mother") as Bert and Marcia Gay Harden ("Into the Wild," "Damages") as Diane.
The series was created by Sarah Haskins & Emily Halpern and is loosely based on Haskins' real life. They serve as executive producers alongside Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky ("The Office"). Malin Ackerman is a producer. The pilot was directed by Jason Moore ("Pitch Perfect," "Avenue Q"). "Trophy Wife" is produced by ABC Studios and airs in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with stereo sound.
Trophy Wife airs Tuesdays, 9:30-10:00 p.m., ET
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