Joey Lauren Adams Joins Billy Ray Cyrus’ CMT Sitcom ‘Still the King’ (Photo)

First photo shows “Chasing Amy” actress in single-camera comedy premiering in 2016

Joey Lauren Adams has been cast as the female lead on CMT’s new scripted comedy series “Still the King,” starring Billy Ray Cyrus.

“Still The King” features Cyrus as Vernon Brown, AKA “Burnin’ Vernon,” a scandal-ridden, washed up one-hit wonder who is kicked out of country music, only to emerge 20 years later as the second best Elvis impersonator in Laughlin, Nevada. After crashing into an old country church outside of Nashville during a drunken bender, he is sentenced to return and perform community service. Along the way, he pretends to be the congregation’s new minister and discovers he has a 15-year-old daughter he’s never met.

Adams will play Debbie Lynn Cook, a fiery and feisty single mother who lives with her unemployed younger boyfriend, Ronnie, and teenage daughter, Charlotte. Her life is turned upside down when Vernon unexpectedly returns, 15 years after their one night stand produced Charlotte.

“When I created ‘Still The King’ I knew getting a great cast was vital to our success,” said Cyrus in a statement. “From the moment the character of Debbie was conceived, we wanted Joey to bring her to life. She has an uncanny ability to infuse humor into highly charged emotional scenes, while also taking advantage of comedic moments to showcase the character’s strength and vulnerability. This complex relationship between Vernon, Debbie and their daughter Charlotte serves as the heart of the show.”

The sitcom is produced by Hideout Pictures with Cyrus serving as executive producer and writer. Shannon Houchins, Potsy Ponciroli and Travis Nicholson also executive produce. Julia Silverton and Jayson Dinsmore executive produce for CMT.

Adams is known for such classic films as “Chasing Amy,” “Dazed and Confused” and “Mallrats,” and was most recently seen in the season premiere of “Grey’s Anatomy.” She is represented by Silver Lining Entertainment and attorney Dave Feldman.

See the first photo of Adams in “Still the King” above.