For Kristin Chenoweth
, it's goodbye Pushing Daisies
, hello Legally Mad
. Moving from one quirky show to another, the 40-year-old actress has been tapped to co-star in David E. Kelley's new series for NBC.
The pilot, which is entitled Legally Mad
, is an offbeat drama about a woman who takes a job at her dad's law firm. Chenoweth, who most recently appeared as Olive Snook on the ABC dramedy Pushing Daisies
for which she received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy, will play Skippy Pylon, one of the firm's attorneys, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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"I could only picture Kristin playing this role," Kelley said of Chenoweth's character, a brilliant but not entirely well attorney who is relentlessly cheerful with flashes of psychosis and often is mistaken for a teenager. "I've wanted to work with her for a long time and can't wait to reveal her as someone who's completely mad."
Chenoweth was last seen on Pushing Daisies
on December 17. Meanwhile, the fate of the remainder of the ABC dramedy's 13-episode sophomore season order remains to be discussed.
Some of Chenoweth best-known roles include Glinda in Broadway's Wicked
and Annabeth Schott on the TV series The West Wing
. At present, Chenoweth is keeping herself busy with a bunch of TV and movie projects. She'll be providing the voice of the title role for the upcoming Disney animated film Rapunzel,
has signed on to star as a "suicidal prostitute" in the indie drama Into Temptation
under writer-director Patrick Coyle, is slated to play Dusty Springfield in an upcoming film on the singer's life, and has joined the cast of the upcoming animated comedy Sit Down, Shut Up
playing the voice of a religious science teacher named Miracle Grohe, replacing Maria Bamford, who has a similar voice quality to Chenoweth.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
(Image courtesy of ABC)