The Bulgarian-born Canadian actress proven her drama chops on The Vampire Diaries and The Final Girls, while showing off her comedic skills in everything from Lets Be Cops to Workaholics.
The show will mark the former "Vampire Diaries" star's first series-regular role since she departed the CW drama, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Dobrev has landed the lead role of Clem in Fam, a multi-camera sitcom being developed by CBS. Her film credits include XXX: Return of Xander Cage, Flatliners, Crashpad and the upcoming indies Dog Days, Departures and Lucky Day. Shannon will come to live with Clem and her fiancé to escape their dysfunctional father.
Dobrev's Clem is grounded, deeply amusing, quick-witted and outspoken. While she may have been a hot mess in her younger years, Clem has worked hard to become her "best self" since then. In the "best version of herself", she claims that her own father is long dead, but the fact is that her dad, Freddy Banks, whom she hasn't seen in 10 years, is such an embarrassment that she has lied about his death. She is a real charmer who is ecstatic when Jay, the love of her life, proposes. However, when her half-sister Shannon shows up at her doorstep unexpectedly, Clem's lie is revealed and it might end her relationship with Jay. Renowned comedy TV director Scott Ellis (30 Rock, Frasier, and Modern Family) will direct the pilot. Brian Stokes Mitchell and Sheryl Lee Ralph are also set to star. The project is now in its pilot stage, which means CBS has yet to make a series order.