While, unfortunately, Jane Kaczmarek's ABC pilot, Who Gets The Parents? was not picked up to series for this fall, two other former MITM cast members did have their pilots picked up.
Cloris Leachman (Grandma Ida) has been cast in the new FOX comedy, Raising Hope, as the main character's great grandmother.
At 23 years old, JIMMY CHANCE (Lucas Neff, "The Beast") is going nowhere in life. He skims pools for a living, parties every night and still lives at home with his family, including his MAW MAW (guest star Academy Award and Emmy Award winner Cloris Leachman); his mother, VIRGINIA (Martha Plimpton, "How to Make It in America"); his father, BURT (Garret Dillahunt, "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," "Damages"); and his cousin, MIKE (Skyler Stone, "The Mentalist," "Dollhouse").
Jimmy's life takes a drastic turn when a chance romantic encounter with LUCY (guest star Bijou Phillips, "Choke," "Almost Famous") goes awry once he discovers she is a wanted felon. Months later, when Jimmy pays a visit to the local prison, he discovers Lucy gave birth to their baby, who he is now charged with raising.
At home with his new daughter, Jimmy's family is less than enthusiastic about a new addition to the household. His parents, who had him when they were 15, never knew anything about raising a child and have no interest in trying again. If Jimmy can work up the nerve to ask her out on a date, he might get some help from SABRINA (Shannon Woodward, "The Riches," "ER"), a sardonic checkout clerk he met at the supermarket. Cousin Mike is only concerned about how the baby is going to affect their social life, and out-of-touch Maw Maw is no help either. But Jimmy is determined to take care of his baby - whom Virginia thinks they should name HOPE.
This new half-hour comedy comes from Greg Garcia, the Emmy-award winning creator of My Name Is Earl. It premieres on Tuesday, September 21st at 9:00pm on FOX.
Cameron Monaghan (Chad) has been cast as Ian in the new US remake of the award winning British series Shameless.
The show revolves around a blue collar, unconventional family from Chicago, where the series is set.
Joining Monaghan are William H. Macy (Fargo as the family's patriarch, Emmy Rossum (The Day After Tomorrow), Steve Howey (Reba) and guest star Allison Janney (The West Wing).
This series comes from John Wells, the Emmy-award winning producer of such hits as The West Wing and ER.
Shameless debuts on January 9, 2011 on Showtime.