Deadline reports that Tony nominee Laurie Metcalf will star in a new HBO primetime series GETTING ON from 'Big Love' creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer. The cable network announced today that it has put in a six-episode order for the comedy. Alex Borstein and Niecy Nash will join Metcalf in the cast.
The series centers on "the put-upon nurses in a women's geriatric extended-care wing of a down-at-the-heels hospital, it follows the anxious doctors and administrators as they struggle with the darkly comic, brutally honest and quietly compassionate realities of caring for the elderly in an overwhelmed healthcare system."
Getting On is the second comedy pilot to be picked up to series by HBO. The network recently greenlit Stephen Merchant's Hello Ladies. Several other half-hour pilots are in production awaiting their fate.
Metcalf appeared in the Steppenwolf Theatre Company's production of DETROIT and starred in MCC Theatre's The Other Place. The actress received a Tony nomination for her performance in NOVEMBER in 2008. Her other Broadway credits include BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIR and MY THING OF LOVE.
She is best recognized for her Emmy Award-winning role as Jackie on the sitcom "Roseanne."
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