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Margo Martindale Joins Will Arnett In Greg Garcia's CBS Comedy

Margo Martindale certainly hasn't had any trouble finding work lately. The actor who earned an Emmy for her role in Justified has been lining up the projects, including a role in the feature adaptation of Beautiful Creatures, and guest spots in The Americans and an upcoming episode of New Girl, as well as Showtime's Masters of Sex. Following word that Up All Night and Arrested Development star Will Arnett has signed on for Greg Garcia's multi-cam comedy pilot for CBS, comes news that Margo Martindale will join him in the project.

The untitled comedy stars Arnett as a recently divorced guy whose life gets more complicated when he learns that his parents are also dealing with marital struggles. Arnett's participation in the comedy is in second position to his commitment to Up All Night, but given how things have been going for the NBC comedy, it's not surprising that he's lining up his next potential role. Deadline says Martindale will play Arnett's mother in the comedy. Her character, Carol, is described as "vibrant but meddlesome and slightly controlling" and she "has to have a finger in every pie." As much as I love Up All Night, I'm now sort of rooting for things to work out for Arnett to stick with this CBS comedy (and for it to go to series), if only to let us see how Martindale and Arnett do playing mother and son. And also because Arnett in a Greg Garcia comedy has potential for something great, not unlike what we saw from Jason Lee in My Name is Earl.

Carol really sounds like a great part for Martindale, who's proven to be a pretty fantastic addition to any cast. Though we're more used to seeing her in dramas like Justified, The Riches and Dexter, we will have the opportunity to see how she does in a comedy, playing a mom, in fact, when she guest stars on New Girl as Mrs. Miller, Nick's mother. Also among her upcoming appearances is the feature film August: Osage County and Lance Edmands' Blue Bird.

Kelly West
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