Grey’s Anatomy, Suits’ Katherine Heigl joins CBS comedy pilot

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While Katherine Heigl may have another season left for Suits on USA, she’s already prepping what’s lying on the other side. The Grey’s Anatomy alum is looking now to CBS as a new home, and with a comedy series, no less.

Per a new report from TVLine, Heigl will be appearing alongside Timeless actor Malcolm Barrett in a comedy all about a married couple trying to weed their way through the craziness of life. (It’s a familiar premise, but where things get a little bit crazy is with some of the individual characters.) Katherine’s character is Bridged, married to Barrett’s Shawn, and she is 100% intent on giving her kids a great life full of love and support. That’s something that, apparently, she never got when she was younger … and her old relatives are going to show up in an effort to cause some chaos in her family all over again.

Here’s a little more intel on the role via the official character description:

“[She] tries her best to be a laid-back, progressive parent like her therapist hubby, but often finds herself reverting to the old school style of her parents … Now that she’s moved back into her childhood home, surrounded by her parents and crazy siblings, finding a balance between these wildly different parenting styles is going to be more difficult than she imagined.”

The idea with any comedy is simple: Making sure that it sticks around long enough to start to get really funny. There are such a small percentage of sitcoms that start off roll-on-the-floor funny. The start of Seinfeld was difficult, The Office was hit-and-miss, and even The Big Bang Theory didn’t fully figure things out right away. You gotta get some of that chemistry going strong and beyond that, you have to find your voice. CBS needs a show like this  — let’s be a thousand percent real. The Big Bang Theory is ending after the upcoming twelfth season and because of that, they need some ratings stalwarts and shows that can build and grow.

Does this impact what she’s got going on at Suits?

In a word, no. Katherine will work on the final season prior to starting work on Our House … in the event it is ordered to series. That’s FAR from a sure thing at the moment when you think about how many pilots don’t make it onto the schedule. We’re just crossing our fingers and hoping that the network TV pilot gods come through here — we’d love to see Barrett in particular have a successful show, given that Timeless, despite its incredible fans, never got huge ratings deep into its run; meanwhile, he was a part of Better Off Ted, arguably one of the most underrated comedies we’ve witnessed in some time.

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