Whitney co-star Zoe Lister Jones has been cast as the last lead in the CBS comedy pilot Friends with Better Lives.
The multi-camera project centers on six 30-something friends who all think the others have it better. Jones’ character, Kate, is competitive, narcissistic, and successful — at least at work. In her love life? Not so much.
One of her friends, Andi Lutz (Majandra Delfino), is an attractive mother of an infant and 3-year-old twins. Andi is married to Bobby (Kevin Connolly), a gynecologist who is best friends with Will Stokes (James van der Beek), who is also a gynecologist. Will becomes cynical and untrusting of everyone around him after he learns that his wife has been cheating and the two end up getting divorced.
Brooklyn Decker plays Jules, a former model who was discovered in a shopping mall when she was 13. Finally, Rick Donald will play Lowell, a barefoot spiritualist.
Zoe Lister Jones appeared as Lily on Whitney Cummings’ eponymous NBC comedy for two seasons, from 2011 to 2013. The second season premiered on November 14, 2012, and the season finale will air March 27, 2013. While the series is the second of Cummings’ shows to be on the air — her talk show, Love You, Mean It, was canceled last month after one season, but 2 Broke Girls is still going strong — it may not last much longer. Whitney has been struggling in the ratings and has not broken the 4 million viewer mark since the January 9 episode, which drew 4.11 million viewers. Even that was down from the season high of 4.96 million viewers for the previous week’s episode.
The most recent episode on March 20 only drew 2.52 million viewers, adjusted down from 2.56 million viewers. The episode also only drew a 0.8 in the 18-49 demographics, adjusted down from 0.9. TV by the Numbers currently has the series listed as a toss-up for renewal or cancellation between now and May.
Will you be tuning in for Friends with Better Lives?