Jennifer Coolidge and Alan Ruck will star in ABC's comedy pilot Family of the Year, which revolves around a 10-time winner of the coveted title in their dusty New Mexico home town.
Coolidge, recently seen in Click and For Your Consideration, will play the family's matriarch, a former beauty queen. Spin City alumnus Ruck will play her affable but not very bright husband.
In other TV casting developments:
Legally Blonde costar Alanna Ubach has joined Fox's comedy pilot Playing Chicken. The plot centers on two brothers with opposite political views who are forced to live together after one (Norbert Leo Butz) suffers an accident that leaves him in a wheelchair. Ubach will play his physical therapist, on whom he has a crush. Her recent TV credits include House, Monk, and CSI: NY.
Anna Chlumsky, who played Macaulay Culkin's pal in the 1991 feature My Girl, has landed a lead role in CW's comedy pilot Eight Days a Week. The project centers on four twentysomethings who work under the top movers and shakers in New York City. Chlumsky will play one of them, a girl-next-door personal assistant to an egomaniacal Web site publisher. She recently appeared in episodes of 30 Rock and Law & Order.
Dylan Walsh (Nip/Tuck) and Jami Gertz (Still Standing) will star in the Lifetime original movie Christmas Miracle. The tentatively titled movie, inspired by a true story, centers on the life-or-death ordeal of an estranged Idaho couple who accidentally get trapped in a blizzard during a snowmobiling trip gone wrong just before Christmas. Principal photography is under way in Calgary, Alberta, for a targeted December premiere.