‘How I Met Your Mother’ season 9: Cristin Milioti signs on for new NBC project

Another look -Cristin Milioti has seemingly enjoyed much of the supporting work that she has done on both “How I Met Your Mother” and “30 Rock,” and she has now signed onto a show where she will actually be one of the leading ladies for a change.

The actress has signed on to star on an NBC comedy project called “A to Z,” and will play the character of Zelda, a pretty serious attorney who is somewhat cynical, and scoffs at many of the childish things in the world. It’s a role with a good deal less whimsy than anything that she has taken on in television so far. The series focuses on the relationship between Zelda and another person named Andrew (still waiting on the casting there) from start to finish, with the presumption being that they break up. There are still many mysteries here, but Ben Queen is writing the script, and Rashida Jones of “Parks and Recreation” / “The Office” fame is serving as one of the executive-producers.

This seems to be a very good chance for Milioti, and one that is certainly well-deserved when you think about the work that she has done from everything from “How I Met Your Mother” to her stage work on “Once.” The other truth here is that NBC desperately needs comedies. “Parks and Recreation” is starting to wind down a little bit, and “Community” has maybe only a season left. Other than these two shows, they really have nothing, and we’re not altogether excited about either the upcoming “About a Boy” or “Growing Up Fisher.” They’re better off producing just a couple of comedies, and making sure they are brilliant and worthy of a big audience.

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