Kristen Bell could be back on TV in the 2011-12 season — provided Showtime picks up its pilot “House of Lies.”
Deadline reports that Bell has been cast in a lead role in the darkly comedic pilot, which stars Don Cheadle as a cutthroat management consultant who will go to any lengths to please his clients. Bell (“Veronica Mars,” “When in Rome”) will play a character named Jeannie Van Der Hooven, an Ivy League grad who works for the firm Cheadle’s character heads.
The “House of Lies” cast also includes Dawn Olivieri (“Heroes”) as Cheadle’s ex-wife and professional rival, Josh Lawson (“Romantically Challenged”), Ben Schwartz (“Undercovers”) as employees of Cheadle’s firm and Glynn Turman (“In Treatment”) as Cheadle’s father. Matthew Carnahan (“Dirt”) wrote the script, and Stephen Hopkins (“24,” “Californication”) will direct it.
Following “Veronica Mars,” Bell did a stint on “Heroes” and starred in several movies, including “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “You Again.” She also guested on two episodes of “VM” creator Rob Thomas’ comedy “Party Down.” Her next movie is “Scream 4,” which is due out in the spring.