RI Native Debra Messing to Play Homicide Detective in New NBC Show

A new gig for the actor who grew up in East Greenwich.

East Greenwich's own Debra Messing has landed a new job at the head of a new drama to air on NBC this fall.

Messing will play a homicide detective and working mom in "The Mysteries of Laura" on Wednesdays.

The new show is part of the network's push to revitalize its sagging lineup and ratings slump.

The new show was announced along with a slew of others, including "State of Affairs," starring Katherine Heigl; "Bad Judge" and "Mission Control," two comedies produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay; and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" from Emmy-winning Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, of 30 Rock fame.

"Part of NBC’s legacy is its strength in drama, and we’re extremely proud of both our rich history and what’s ahead," said NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt in a release.

Messing became a household name after starring for years in Will and Grace.

In "The Mysteries of Laura," Messing will star as Laura Diamond, a "brilliant NYPD homicide detective who balances her "Columbo" day job with a crazy family life that includes two unruly twin boys and a soon-to-be-ex-husband — also a cop — who just can't seem to sign the divorce papers," a show promo states.

The show claims to offer laughs and authenticity as it explores the life of a working mother.

Things get rocky even more when her husband becomes her boss at the precinct.

For more information on the show, visit https://twitter.com/NBCLaura


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