Nina Nabs the Lead in CBS Pilot, Fam !
The Vampire Diaries alumna, Nina Dobrev, is returning to TV, but switching things up starring in the upcoming CBS comedy, Fam. According to Deadline, Nina will portray Clem, the female lead in the series written by Corinne Kingsbury.
Fam is about a woman, Clem (Dobrev) whose younger half-sister, Shannon (Odessa Adlon), comes to live with her and her fiancé to escape their train wreck of a father.
Dobrev’s Clem is grounded, deeply funny, quick-witted and outspoken. She was a bit of a hot mess in her younger years, but since then, she has worked hard to create the best version of herself and her life is on track. She is a real charmer who is ecstatic when Jay, the love of her life, proposes. In the “best version of herself,” she claims that her own father is long dead, but the fact is that her dad, Freddy Banks, whom she hasn’t seen in 10 years, is such an embarrassment that she has lied about his death. And when her half-sister Shannon shows up unexpectedly, Clem’s lie is about to become painfully obvious to everyone who trusted and believed her. And that lie just might end her relationship with Jay for good.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix star, Tone Bell, will star opposite of Dobrev portraying Clem’s fiance’ Jay.
Bell’s Jay is described as a sophisticated NYU history professor who comes from old money but is refreshingly unaffected and down-to-earth despite his refined background. Deeply in love with Clem, he proposes to her — much to the delight of his parents, Walt (Brian Stokes Mitchell) and Rose (Sheryl Lee Ralph), who think Clem is a real catch. But he learns that Clem has not been completely honest about a few key elements in her life — for example, her father isn’t actually dead — and it drives a wedge of mistrust between them that may not be easily mended.
The Fam script was penned by Corinne Kingsbury (The Newsroom), who is executive producing the CBS Television Studios multicamera comedy alongside Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor of Kapital Entertainment as well as TrillTV’s Wendi Trilling. While Scott Ellis is set to direct the series’ pilot.