Yvette Nicole Brown to Star in ABC Comedy From Diablo Cody, Greg Berlanti (Exclusive)

The actress will return to multicam in ‘Most Likely To,’ and stay at ABC after ‘The Mayor.’

Yvette Nicole Brown is staying at ABC.

The Mayor and Community actress has been tapped to star in Most Likely To.

Written by Diablo Cody (Juno, United States of Tara), Most Likely To revolves around Liz Cooney, who, in high school, had everything, and Markie McQueen, who had nothing. Twenty years later, they’re reunited under the same roof as single moms and unlikely housemates.

In the Greg Berlanti-produced comedy, Brown will take on the role of Markie McQueen, who is described as radiant and warm, quietly confident, with a successful salon and brilliant daughter — but her insecurities are reignited when her high school bully arrives in town. (The role of Liz is currently uncast.)

With the casting, Brown will stay at ABC weeks after learning that the Disney-owned network effectively canceled freshman comedy The Mayor after its initial 13-episode order. Sources said at the time that producers ABC Studios believed in the show and planned to shop it but did not find a home for the low-rated yet well-reviewed comedy that was a high priority at ABC this fall. (Star Brandon Micheal Hall recently booked a CBS drama pilot in first position as well.)

For Brown, Most Likely To marks a return to the multicamera format after the actress spent three seasons co-starring on CBS’ The Odd Couple Reboot. Her credits include Community and geek-friendly fare like hosting a Syfy cosplay competition series as well as regular appearances on AMC’s Talking Dead where the Walking Dead superfan is a frequent guest. She’s repped by Innovative Artists.

Cody, Berlanti and his Warner Bros. Television-based Berlanti Productions topper Sarah Schechter executive produce. Prolific multicamera comedy helmer Pam Fryman (How I Met Your Mother) will direct the pilot and exec produce.

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