One of the stars of The Office is moving to a cable drama. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Melora Hardin had landed the female lead on the F/X drama pilot Lights Out.
Hardin will star opposite Holt McCallany in the pilot and Elias Koteas and Kevin Conway have been attached as leads as well. The pilot, written by Justin Zackham (The Bucket List), will revolve around McCallany's character Patrick "Lights Out" Leary, a former boxing champion who now is struggling to support his wife (Hardin) and children. He gets work as a mob enforcer, collecting debts, but when he's diagnosed with pugilistic dementia - which affects fighters that have taken too many blows to the head - he decides to step back into the ring for one more big payday before it's too late.
Koteas will play his business parter/manager, who is also his childhood friend, and Conway will play his father and former trainer, who still operates a boxing gym.
It was said that Hardin would not appear on any more episodes of The Office, where she played Michael Scott's ex-boss and ex-girlfriend Jan Levinson, this season, though it was also said that she is expected to guest star in at least one episode next season.
Lights Out will begin production on the pilot on April 15 in New Jersey, with Clark Johnson directing the pilot.