Ebersole Is Mom in Lifetime Sitcom Pilot, "Libertyville"

News   Ebersole Is Mom in Lifetime Sitcom Pilot, "Libertyville" Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole will shoot a TV sitcom pilot, "Libertyville," in the coming weeks, in the hope that it gets picked up by Lifetime.
Christine Ebersole
Christine Ebersole

The half-hour multicamera sitcom is written and executive produced by Tom Saunders, according to Reuters and the Hollywood Reporter, and is set in Saunders' hometown of Libertyville, OH. Ebersole will play a middle-aged daughter and mother in the so-called "sandwich generation" — having to nurture an aging parent and a grown child.

Susie (Ebersole) is a divorced mother caught between a 22-year-old daughter and grumpy father, according to reports.

Ebersole (a Tony winner for Broadway's Grey Gardens and 42nd Street) has had brushes with TV, but theatre fans embrace her as a creature of the stage. She appeared in one season of "Saturday Night Live" (1981-82) and has guested in many series (lately, "Cashmere Mafia"). In 1984, she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award as outstanding actress in a supporting role for "One Life to Live" (she played Maxie McDermott).

"Libertyville" is one of two pilots Lifetime is looking at, with the possibility of two more pilots to be produced if the first two don't stick. The other is "Rita Rocks," about a wife and mother who creates a garage band with pals. Both will shoot before a live audience in L.A. in March.

This is the first time Lifetime is jumping into original sitcom producing.

Ebersole recently starred as Margo in the City Center Encores! production of the musical Applause. She was Ado Annie in the 1979 Broadway revival of Oklahoma!