Debra Messing's no stranger to NBC or to dramas. Coming up at the Peacock, the Will & Grace and Smash star will play the title character in The Mysteries of Laura. NBC released a trailer for the series, which reveals kind of a mixed bag of crime-solving, mothering and other dramatic or humorous bits, with Debra Messing at the center of it all.
The Mysteries of Laura comes from Jeff Rake (Boston Legal). McG directed the pilot, and Greg Berlanti is on board as one of the executive producers. In addition to Debra Messing, the series stars Josh Lucas as Laura's almost-ex-husband. Also among the cast are Laz Alonso and janina Gavankar. Here's the series description:
Debra Messing (“Will & Grace”) stars as Laura Diamond, a brilliant NYPD homicide detective who balances her “Columbo” day job with a crazy family life that includes two unruly twin boys and a soon-to-be ex-husband (Josh Lucas) — also a cop — who just can’t seem to sign the divorce papers.
Between cleaning up after her boys and cleaning up the streets, she’d be the first to admit she has her “hot mess” moments in this hilariously authentic look at what it really means to be a “working mom” today. Somehow, she makes it all work with the help of her sexy and understanding partner, and things becomes even more complicated when her husband, ironically, becomes her boss at the precinct. For Laura, every day is a high-wire balancing act.
It really looks like humor is going to be a big part of this series, as Messing's Laura juggles work with parenting...
A mystery series that focuses on crime-solving but doesn't take itself completely seriously -- or at the very least, has a bit of fun with its lead character's complicated personal and professional life -- could be just what NBC needs to liven (or lighten) up what looks like a very crime-heavy Wednesday night this fall. And Messing's perfect for a role like that, given her experience with drama and comedy.
NBC has The Mysteries of Laura lined up on Wednesday as of this fall, ahead of Law & Order: SVU and Chicago P.D.. Check out the full 2014-2015 primetime lineup for NBC here.