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Jane Lynch is coming back to network comedy with a new starring role in the upcoming ABC series Bucktown.
The five-time Emmy winner gets her first network series regular role since she starred in Glee as she is set to star in the sitcom about a daughter who moves back in with her mom.
Lynch joins Shannon Woodward on the project. Woodward is most known for her roles on the Fox sitcom Raising Hope, and more recently starred in Westworld as computer programmer Elsie Hughes.
Bucktown follows Woodward's character, named Amy, who according to Deadline, "after being dumped by her boyfriend and kicked out of her apartment on the eve of a big promotion, finds refuge at her mom's house in the blue-collar neighborhood where she grew up."'
That mom will be Jane Lynch. Lynch's character, Helen, is described as "rough around the edges and salty as hell but the most loyal woman you'll ever meet." Nicole Ritchie rounds out the cast as Jan, Amy's self-centered boss.
The show comes from Emily Wilson, Sara Gilbert and Tom Werner, the trio behind the Roseanne reboot The Connors. All three are executive producing, while Wilson will write for the series. The pilot will be directed by My Boys creator Betsy Thomas.
Lynch became a household name when she played the role of egomaniacal cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester in Ryan Murphy's Glee. She won an Emmy for the role and was nominated two other times. The character is one of the most iconic from the show.
After Glee, Lynch has starred in several game-based shows, hosting Hollywood Game Night on NBC since 2015. She's won two Emmys for hosting the show. Last year she became the host of NBC's reboot of The Weakest Link. She has two more Emmys, one for Outstanding Guest Actress for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series for Dropping the Soap.
Bucktown is only a pilot now, so we don't know if, or when, the series will premiere.