Jenna Fischer to Star in ABC Pilot ‘Splitting Up Together’

“The Office” alum lands lead role in Emily Kapnek sitcom

Jenna Fischer has been cast in the lead role on ABC’s sitcom pilot “Splitting Up Together.”

Based on the Danish original series, “Splitting Up Together” follows a couple whose marriage is reignited by their divorce. They still live in the same house, alternating weeks, with one living upstairs and doing the parenting while the other lives downstairs in the guest apartment.

Fischer will play the role of Lena, who is struggling to navigate a new life after her divorce from ex-husband Martin, whose laid-back approach to raising their three children appalls her.

Emily Kapnek, who previously created “Selfie” and “Suburgatory” for ABC, wrote the pilot and will serve as an executive producer alng with Ellen DeGeneres, Jeff Kleeman, Mette Heeno, Mie Andreasen and Hella Joof.

“Splitting Up Together” is produced by DeGeneres’ A Very Good Production and Kapnek’s Piece of Pie Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Fischer, best known for “The Office,” was originally cast opposite Matt LeBlanc on CBS’ “Man With a Plan” before being recast when the pilot went to series last season. She is represented by WME and Odenkirk Provisierro.