By James Hibberd
Updated March 29, 2011 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Nancy Travis has bagged the female lead role in ABC’s comedy pilot that stars Tim Allen in his potential return to primetime TV (in other words: The surest bet of any sitcom pilot competing for a fall series pickup).

She’ll play Vanessa, Tim’s “smart and loving wife who doesn’t miss much.”

The untitled project from 20th Century Fox stars Allen as traditional manly man in a progressive world. Travis is a sitcom vet with several titles under her belt, including Becker and The Bill Engvall Show, as well as guest spots on ABC shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Desperate Housewives.