'Smash' star Debra Messing books CBS pilot
Though NBC hasn’t officially said Smash is dead (though really, a move to Saturdays speaks volumes), its stars are beginning to seek employment elsewhere. To wit: Debra Messing has been cast as a married mom in an untitled single-camera comedy at CBS.
In the project from Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky, which is based on an Israeli format, Messing will play Shira, a married mom who struggles to balance family, life and work. Messing is in second position on the pilot since technically, NBC still has its hooks in her for Smash — that is, until they officially pull the plug.
Ironically, the two creators of the untitled pilot for CBS were scribes on Smash.
Earlier this month, NBC announced that it will relegate the very low-rated Smash to Saturdays beginning April 6, where it is expected to live out its final days. NBC ordered a total of 17 episodes for its second season but the show has been struggling in its Tuesday timeslot, where it averages less than 5 million viewers.Last year, it averaged 9.65 million and a 3.4 rating in the demo.