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Christina Applegate Goes From Real Mom to TV Mom for Lorne Michaels

NBC has won the Christina Applegate pilot casting sweepstakes. Vulture hears new mom Applegate, one of the most sought-after actresses in TV land this winter, has agreed to star in a Lorne Michaels–produced half-hour comedy written by Parks and Recreation scribe Emily Spivey. The potential series, given a cast-contingent pilot order by NBC last month, would have Applegate playing a snarky mom married to a stay-at-home dad. Assuming all the paperwork gets done, this should mean the project will move forward to pilot (and with the auspices involved, there's a good chance of this thing making it on the air next fall). Landing Applegate is a big coup for new Peacock chief Bob Greenblatt, who turned Showtime into a pay-cable powerhouse by casting strong female actors as leads in shows such as Weeds, The United States of Tara, and Nurse Jackie. Looks like he may be ready to do the same thing at the Peacock.