Kristen Schaal To Star In ABC Pilot ‘Pulling’

EXCLUSIVE: Actress-comedian Kristen Schaal is set as a lead opposite June Diane Raphael and Jenny Slate in ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot Pulling, from ABC Studios and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. The project, written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky based on the British series and directed by Jason Moore, revolves around three dysfunctional women in their 30s — Donna (Raphael), Karen (Slate) and Louise (Schaal) — living their lives the way they want, even if society tells them they should have it all figured out by this point. Schaal replaces Mandy Moore, who was originally cast as Louise but recently exited the project. Interestingly, all three leads in the pilot are actresses/comedians/writers, matching the background of Sharon Horgan, co-creator/star of the original series (she played Donna) and an executive producer of the ABC version. (Horgan wrote and stars in another ABC comedy pilot, Bad Management.) Schaal, repped by UTA and Avalon, serves as Senior Women’s Correspondent for The Daily Show. She was a series regular on HBO’s Flight Of The Conchords, recurred on 30 Rock, voices a character on Fox’s Bob’s Burgers (also named Louise), and exec produces Amazon’s animated comedy pilot Supernatural.

Comments (19)

  • Okay, now it’s obvious why Mandy Moore didn’t work. They were just looking for a ‘different’ kind of actress.

    Comment by Jinjeon — Tuesday March 12, 2013 @ 1:38pm PDT  
  • Thank God they got someone genuinely funny

    Comment by Alex — Tuesday March 12, 2013 @ 1:46pm PDT  
  • oh awesome! if she’s playing Louise, that’s also the name of her character on Bob’s Burgers.

    Comment by Bram — Tuesday March 12, 2013 @ 1:50pm PDT  
  • This is the best example of ‘They went another way” except its usually the other way around ;-)

    Comment by Brice — Tuesday March 12, 2013 @ 1:50pm PDT  
  • Yes, yes, and more YES! With this, Bob’s Burgers and Gravity Falls in full swing, and EPing the Supanatural pilot over at Amazon, 2013 is really shaping up to be the year of the Schaal.

    Comment by Zachary — Tuesday March 12, 2013 @ 1:55pm PDT  
  • Kristen’s the best.

    Comment by WM — Tuesday March 12, 2013 @ 1:57pm PDT  
  • Quality choice. Once in a blue Hollywood flirts with meritocracy…

    Comment by MP — Tuesday March 12, 2013 @ 2:03pm PDT  
  • Great job Schaal!!! this is a great cast and a great script.

    Comment by chris — Tuesday March 12, 2013 @ 2:05pm PDT  
  • They’re all really talented but come on ABC, 3 white leads, not one of color. ABC has the least diverse casting this pilot season (virtually none) and I don’t understand why they aren’t making this a priority.

    Comment by Derek — Tuesday March 12, 2013 @ 2:17pm PDT  
    • You’re like broken record.

      Comment by Jinjeon — Tuesday March 12, 2013 @ 2:26pm PDT  
    • How is is this a priority?

      Racial minorities are called minorities for a reason: there aren’t many of them!

      And when they are cast, you accuse networks and producers of tokenism.

      Comment by American — Tuesday March 12, 2013 @ 10:21pm PDT  
  • Brilliant casting in all respects! Bravo!

    Comment by RT-KO — Tuesday March 12, 2013 @ 2:24pm PDT  
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