Blair ("Cruel Intentions," "Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane") is in negotiations to star opposite Molly Shannon in the pilot, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Her involvement would end a long search for the two leads.
The show, an adaptation of a hit Australian comedy, was first ordered to pilot last year, with Ben Silverman's company Reveille producing. The show didn't go forward then, however, because of problems casting the two leads.
When Silverman became co-chairman of NBC last summer, he put the show back in development, and "Saturday Night Live" veteran Shannon signed on to play Kath in October. The pilot has also gone through some behind-the-camera changes, with Michelle Nader ("The King of Queens") taking over writing duties from original scribe Nancy Pimental. Nader will executive produce along with Rick McKenna and "Kath and Kim" creators Jane Turner and Gina Riley.
Like the Aussie show, NBC's "Kath and Kim" will focus on the relationship between Kath and her adult daughter Kim. Blair is only eight years younger than Shannon in real life, but that's part of the joke; Riley, who played Kim in the original, is a year older than Turner, who played Kath.
Blair has a pair of movies due for release in the next few months: "My Mom's New Boyfriend," with Meg Ryan, Colin Hanks and Antonio Banderas, is scheduled to hit theaters April 1, and "Hellboy II" is set for July.
Her other credits include "Feast of Love," "The Sweetest Thing" and "Legally Blonde."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun