Two-time Emmy winning actress Julie Bowen has been signed on to star in the CBS multi-camera comedy pilot Raised by Wolves (fka Please Hold for Frankie Wolfe).

In the pilot, Bowen will star as crisis manager Frankie Wolfe, a highly successful career woman whose life is turned upside down when she adopts an 11-year-old girl and raises her, with help from Frankie’s nervous wreck of a sister. Frankie is described as “a totally put-together powerhouse whose aggressive, blunt-talking style belies the damage incurred by literally being raised by Wolfes,” i.e. her parents.

The news comes as Bowen prepares to wrap up her role on the critically acclaimed ABC comedy Modern Family, which is about to end after 11 seasons. Her other credits include shows like Strange Luck, Dawson’s Creek, Family Guy, ER, and Lost. Should the pilot be picked up to series, it would be her first multi-camera role in her career. On the film side, she will reunite with Adam Sandler for the upcoming Netflix film Hubie Halloween, who she previously co-starred with in Happy Gilmore.

Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, creators of Will & Grace, wrote the pilot script and will serve as executive producers. Veteran writer and director James Burrows (Cheers, Friends) is reportedly slated to direct the pilot. Universal Television will produce.

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