Ruehl, Gasteyer and Arias Land Roles in TV Pilots

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Tony and Academy Award winner Mercedes Ruehl will play Rob Reiner's wife in the new NBC comedy pilot "Everyday Life."

The Hollywood Reporter says the improv comedy will concern a young couple, who are both therapists, and the man's parents, who are also therapists. Ruehl and Reiner will play the latter couple. Reiner will also executive produce and direct the pilot.

Ana Gasteyer, who is currently starring Off-Broadway in Paul Weitz's Roulette, has joined the cast of NBC's "The Friendlys." Gasteyer will play the boozy widow of a recently deceased mogul and will battle with the mogul's daughter over control of the family business.

And, The Wild Party's Yancey Arias has landed a role in the new CBS drama "Wanted." Arias will play a cop in the thriller, which is set in the "fugitive-apprehension team of the LAPD."

Mercedes Ruehl won a Tony Award for her work in Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers and was nominated for her performances in The Goat and The Shadow Box. Her other theatre credits include Other People's Money, The Marriage of Bette and Boo and I'm Not Rappaport.

Ana Gasteyer, whose memorable turns as Martha Stewart and Celine Dion made her an "SNL" favorite for six years, starred in the Pittsburgh CLO revival of Funny Girl. Gasteyer also took part in the all-star Funny Girl concert to benefit the Actors’ Fund of America in 2002. Her other theatrical credits include the Broadway revival of The Rocky Horror Show, Off-Broadway’s Kimberly Akimbo and The Vagina Monologues and the national tour of The Real Live Brady Bunch. Yancey Arias has starred on Broadway in The Wild Party and Miss Saigon. His numerous screen credits include "New York Undercover," "NYPD Blue," "One Life to Live," "The Sopranos," "Law & Order," "Criminal Justice," "Blade Squad," "Swift Justice," "Destination Unknown" and "The Home Invaders."

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