11 June 2010 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Acclaimed actor Edward Asner has signed onto Cmt's comedy pilot "Regular Joe."

In addition, the network cast Liza Snyder ("Yes Dear") in a lead role on the show.

The two help fill out the cast of the project, which is executive produced by David Litt, Nina Wass & Eugene Stein.

Asner ("Up") will play the father of Joe (Tom Arnold), a gruff and outspoken man who's recently began dating after separating from his longtime wife.

If greenlit, the casting will represent a return for Asner to the medium that made him a household name in the 1970s. Asner was the star of two legendary TV hits, "Mary Tyler Moore" and its spinoff "Lou Grant."

Snyder ("Pay it Forward") will play Marine, Joe's smart and funny wife. She's repped by Apa and Susan Smith Company; Asner is repped by Greene & Associates and Perry Zimel.

The project is part of Cmt's scripted series »

- By James Hibberd

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