Debra Messing to Star in NBC’s ‘The Mysteries of Laura’

By: Shana Norris - July 14, 2014

Debra Messing will star in NBC’s new detective comedy-drama hybrid series The Mysteries of Laura this coming fall.

Messing plays Detective Laura Diamond, a NYPD homicide detective and single mother of twin boys.

The series is scheduled to premiere Wednesday, September 24.

Messing will star alongside Josh Lucas, who is known for The Lincoln Lawyer and Sweet Home Alabama.

McG (Chuck, The O.C., Supernatural,) Aaron Kaplan (Made of Honor, You, Me, & Dupree,) and Greg Berlanti (Arrow, Brothers & Sisters, Eli Stone) are among the executive producers.

Messing spoke about what she calls the “dramedy” on Sunday at NBC’s Television Critics Association summer press tour.

“When I read the script it didn’t feel to me that this a new standard [or] an extreme case,” she said. “I responded to something incredibly universal about the predicament.”

Messing predicted that “it is the balance of the tone of drama and the comedy that is going to be the newest adventure and the newest challenge. That we haven’t seen on network TV before.”

“I didn’t have to choose. Do I want to do a comedy? Or do I want to do a drama? It’s both,” she said.

Messing rose to fame on NBC’s hit sitcom Will & Grace which ran for eight seasons from 1998 to 2006.

Since then, she has starred in the television miniseries The Starter Wife for which she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie. Messing went on to star in the short-lived television series of the same name.

In 2012 and 2013 Messing starred alongside Jack Davenport (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Talented Mr. Ripley) and Katharine McPhee (The House Bunny, You May Not Kiss the Bride) in NBC’s musical Smash. The series was canceled after two seasons.

Image via Twitter, Debra Messing

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  • BigBrian10

    You’ve got to admit Debra Messing doesn’t give up. 2 “failed” TV shows following Will & Grace (yes, I’m referring to The Starter Wife and Smash). This one looks good. Then again I also said that about The Starter Wife and Smash.

  • Joe Bangles

    is it really true Debra Messing shortened her last name from MessingAround to just Messing? My sister says this is true, I don’t believe her I think Messing is her chosen stage name, does anyone know?