Deadline.com is reporting that Sarah Paulson has landed the lead in a new pilot from Warner Bros. The lesbian actress will play a “relationship-challenged woman who, with the help of her co-workers, guides people through unexpected career transitions and downsizings.”
Though that description could be the description of a drama, it’s actually a multi-camera comedy from Kari Lizer (Will & Grace, The New Adventures of Old Christine). It will air on NBC if picked up.
Paulson recently starred in the Sundance film Martha Marcy May Marlene, which was acquired by Fox Searchlight and will see worldwide distribution this year. Sarah has also had roles in previous NBC shows Cupid and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
Sarah is proof that out actresses can believably be cast in straight roles and play them successfully. She’s even been in an on-and-off a high profile romance with Broadway star Cherry Jones, so it’s possible that the average television viewer is familiar with her (and her sexuality). It appears that this new role will feature Sarah as a straight woman (there’s little available information about the project at this time), but we’d love to be pleasantly surprised and learn otherwise.
We’ll keep you posted on further developments on the untitled project.