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‘The Vampire Diaries’ Alum Nina Dobrev Is Coming Back On TV, To Lead Star In New Comedy Show

by Jessica Rapir / Mar 13, 2018 05:00 AM EDT
Nina Dobrev is coming back on television but not in a supernatural romance drama but in a comedy show. Photo by: Nina Dobrev / Facebook

Nina Dobrev is returning to where she first rose to fame - on television. The Vampire Diaries alum will be coming back to the small screen but not in a supernatural romance drama but in a comedy show.

Dobrev will lead the new CBS comedy titled Fam. Since she left The Vampire Diaries in 2015, Dobrev hasn't landed a series regular role on TV. She, however, returned to record a voiceover of her character, Elena Gilbert, for TVD Season 7 finale. Dobrev also appeared as guest star in the series' eighth and final season.

Although Nina Dobrev has no luck on television after she exited TVD, she landed major roles in movies such as xXx: Return of Xander Cage and in the 2017 remake of Flatliners. Dobrev will also appear in the upcoming indie film Dog Days and in the Departures opposite Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams.

Nina Dobrev in a Lead Role in Fam

The multi-camera comedy show is about a woman, Clem (Dobrev), whose life will be upended by her younger half-sister, Shannon (Odessa Adlon). Shannon will come to live with Clem and her fiancé to escape their dysfunctional father. The problem is, Clem has told everyone that her father is already dead.

Dobrev's character is described to be grounded, funny, witty, outspoken, and real charmer. She was a bit of a hot mess in her younger years. Since then, she has worked hard to put her life back on track and more importantly, to create the best version of herself.

In the "best version of herself," she tells everyone that her father is long dead. The truth is her dad is still alive but she hasn't seen him in 10 years. For Clem, he is an embarrassment that is why she needs to lie about his death.

She is overjoyed when her boyfriend Jay proposes. However, when her half-sister Shannon shows up at her doorstep unexpectedly, Clem's lie is revealed and it might end her relationship with Jay.

Other cast members are Brian Stokes Mitchell and Sheryl Lee Ralph, who will play the role of Jay's wealthy parents. The project has yet to find the actors who will portray Jay and Clem's dad.

The show is written by Corinne Kingsbury (The Newsroom). Renowned comedy TV director Scott Ellis (30 Rock, Frasier, and Modern Family) will direct the pilot. The project is currently in its pilot stage, which means CBS has yet to make a series order. 

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