Mantegna, Danner, Light and More Part of New CBS-TV Season

News   Mantegna, Danner, Light and More Part of New CBS-TV Season Several theatre performers will be seen in the new comedies and dramas the are part of the upcoming CBS-TV season.

Tony Award winner Joe (Glengarry Glen Ross) Mantegna, last on Broadway in Speed-the-Plow, will star opposite Mary Steenburgen and Amber Tamblyn in “Joan of Arcadia,” a drama “that follows a typical family facing atypical situations—not the least of which is their teenage daughter’s sudden, unexpected conversations with God.” Mantegna plays police chief Will Garardi in the hour-long drama, which will air Fridays at 8 PM ET.

“Sopranos” star Joe Pantoliano — who replaced Stanley Tucci this season in the Broadway mounting of Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune — will headline “The Handler” Fridays at 10 PM ET. Pantoliano will play FBI agent Joe Renato, who trains and handles “agents who go undercover to solve crimes at all levels of Los Angeles' diverse society.” Others in the cast include Anna Belknap, Hill Harper, Lola Glaudini and Tanya Wright.

Veteran theatre actress Blythe (Butterflies Are Free) Danner will co-star in “Two and a Half Men,” a new comedy from the eye network about a bachelor (Charlie Sheen) whose life becomes chaotic when his brother (Jon Cryer) and nephew (Angus T. Jones) movie into his home in Malibu. Danner, who starred in the 2001 Follies revival, plays the mother to Sheen and Cryer; also in the cast is “Once and Again” actress Marin Hinkle. The comedy will air Mondays at 9:30 PM ET.

The new comedy “The Stones” is scheduled for Wednesday evenings at 9:30 PM ET. Judith Light, who received much acclaim when she stepped into the Off-Broadway production of Wit, will co-star with Robert Klein, Jay Bruchel and Lindsay Sloane in the new comedy about “the crazy reality of two adult children living in their childhood home with their divorcing but still friendly parents.”

For more information about the upcoming CBS season, visit www.cbs.com.