Nerd-favorite actress Kristen Bell is returning to television in a Showtime pilot called House of Lies.
TVLine and Inside TV report that Bell, the former star of Veronica Mars, will join Don Cheadle (Iron Man 2) in the half-hour dark comedy based on Martin Kihn’s 2005 memoir House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Tell You the Time.
Cheadle stars as Marty, a cutthroat consultant who’ll use any means necessary to get his clients the information they want. Bell will play Jeannie Van Der Hooven, a razor-sharp, Ivy-League graduate who works at Marty’s firm. Other cast members include Dawn Oliveri (Heroes), Josh Lawson (Romantically Challenged) and Ben Schwartz (Undercovers) as Marty’s corporate team, Glynn Turman (In Treatment) as Marty’s psychoanalyst father, and Donis Leonard Jr. (The Fresh Beat Band) as Marty’s young son.
Matthew Carnahan (Dirt) is writer and executive producer. Stephen Hopkins (Californication, 24) will direct the pilot.
Bell, who had a recurring role on Heroes and provides the voice of the narrator on Gossip Girl, next appears in Scream 4, which opens on April 15.
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