Vanessa Williams has signed on for a lead role in the ABC single-cam comedy pilot "Happy Accident," Variety has learned.
In the series, two Pittsburgh families – a father (Walsh) with three adult daughters (Garcia Swisher), and a hotel lounge singer (Williams) with her med student son – are forced together after a decades-old secret is revealed.
The role marks a homecoming for Williams, who previously appeared in the popular ABC series "Ugly Betty" and "Desperate Housewives." Her other recent TV roles include "Daytime Divas," "The Librarians," and "The Good Wife." On the feature side, Williams is known for roles in films like "Eraser" and "Shaft." Williams is also known for her work on Broadway and has put out multiple albums that have sold millions of copies worldwide.
She joins previously announced cast members Matt Walsh and Joanna Garcia Swisher.
She is repped by UTA, Geordie Frey, and Ziffren Brittenham.
Abraham Higginbotham and Jon Pollack, both of whom are writers on “Modern Family,” are the writers and executive producers on “Happy Accident.” 20th Century Fox Television will produce along with ABC Studios. Both Higginbotham and Pollack are writers on the hit ABC series “Modern Family” and are under overall deals at 20th TV. Kat Coiro will direct.” />

Both Higginbotham and Pollack are writers on the hit ABC series “Modern Family” and are under overall deals at 20th TV.” /> Abraham Higginbotham and Jon Pollack, both of whom are writers on "Modern Family," are the writers and executive producers on "Happy Accident." 20th Century Fox Television will produce along with ABC Studios.
Matt Walsh has been tapped for a lead role in the upcoming ABC single-camera comedy pilot "Happy Accident."
He is also known for being a founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade along with Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, and Ian Roberts. His other notable roles include appearances in comedies like "The Hangover," "Ted," "Role Models," and the "Ghostbusters" reboot. Walsh currently stars in the acclaimed HBO comedy "Veep," which will launch its final season this year.
In the series, two Pittsburgh families – a father (Walsh) with three adult daughters, and a hotel lounge singer with her med student son – are forced together after a decades-old secret is revealed.
He is repped by UTA.