Christine Ebersole to Star in TBS's SULLIVAN & SON
Broadway vet Christine Ebersole will star in TBS's new workplace comedy SULLIVAN AND SON, premiering Thursday, July 19, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT). The actress will portray "cougar" Carol on the series. Joining Ebersole in the cast is comedian Steve Byrne, Jodi Long, Vivian Bang, Owen Benjamin, Valerie Azylnn, Dan Lauria and Brian Doyle-Murray.
Sullivan & Son, which is executive-produced by Vince Vaughn (The Break- Up), Peter Billingsley (Iron Man) and show-runner Rob Long (Cheers), takes place in a popular bar in a working-class Pittsburgh neighborhood. Filled with locals and regulars, the establishment known as Sullivan & Son serves as the unofficial "town hall" for the neighborhood.
As the series opens, Steve Sullivan (Byrne) is a successful corporate attorney from New York who brings his girlfriend, Ashley (guest star Brooke Lyons - 2 Broke Girls) for a visit just as his Irish-American father, Jack Sullivan (Dan Lauria - The Wonder Years), and Korean mother, Ok Cha (Jodi Long - Beginners), are preparing to sell the bar and retire. Upon arrival, Steve reconnects with his best friend, Owen (Owen Benjamin - The House Bunny); gets accosted by his long-suffering, under-appreciated younger sister, Susan (Vivian Bang - Yes Man); endures offensive comments from gruff barfly Hank (Brian Doyle Murray - Groundhog Day, Saturday Night Live); and gets hit on by tipsy cougar Carol (Christine Ebersole - Royal Pains, Amadeus). He even feels a rekindled romantic spark with his former sweetheart, Melanie (Valerie Azlynn - Tropic Thunder).
It doesn't take Steve long to realize that what he really wants out of life is to return to the old neighborhood and take over Sullivan & Son, even if it means giving up a lavish Manhattan lifestyle with the gorgeous Ashley. And so begins Steve's quest for a more meaningful and rewarding life behind the bar. Sullivan & Son is from Wild West Picture Show Productions, in association with Warner Horizon Television.
Ebersole's theater credits include the revival of 42nd Street, Steel Magnolias, On the Twentieth Century, Camelot, Oklahoma, Dinner at Eight (Tony and Outer Critics Circle nominations), The Best Man and the recent revival of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit. She has starred in five City Center Encores! Productions, most recently receiving unanimous praise for her starring role as Margo Channing in Applause.<
Ebersole has appeared in many hit movies, including Amadeus, Tootsie, Richie Rich, Black Sheep, Dead Again, Folks!, Ghost Dad, True Crime, My Girl 2, Mac and Me and Confessions of a Shopaholic. She can be seen in the upcoming film The Big Wedding, slated for release this October. Ebersole has an extensive list of television credits, as well, including recent appearances on Retired at 35, Royal Pains, Ugly Betty, Law and Order: SVU, Boston Legal, Samantha Who? and Will and Grace.
In concert, Ebersole has appeared in numerous halls throughout the country. Most recently, she performed in the concert version of the opera The Grapes of Wrath at Carnegie Hall. Previously, Ebersole participated in the Opening Night Gala of Carnegie Hall's 118th Season. She appeared with the San Francisco Symphony in their tribute to Leonard Bernstein. After making her debut with the Boston Pops several years ago, she returned to Boston's Symphony Hall and Tanglewood to star as Desiree Armfeldt in a concert version of A Little Night Music with the Boston Pops. In televised concerts, she has often appeared on PBS, including her star turns in Ira Gershwin at 100: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall and The Rodgers & Hart Story: Thou Swell, Thou Witty. In December 2010 she performed for the second time on the Kennedy Center Honors.
A recording artist as well, Ebersole has released such albums as Christine Ebersole: Live at the Cinegrill, In Your Dreams, Sunday in New York, and Christine Ebersole Sings Noel Coward. This fall she will release a new jazz album "Strings Attached" with violinist Aaron Weinstein.