“My Name Is Earl” star Jaime Pressly has had a difficult time trying to find a secure job lately. Her sitcom “I Hate My Teenage Daughter” was a flop causing FOX to cancel the show much earlier than anticipated. Now Pressly plans to step away from comedies and try her hand at a drama.

From Deadline:

I Hate My Teenage Daughter star Jaime Pressly is making a dramatic turn with a co-starring role in NBC’s drama pilot Bad Girls. Adapted from the long-running UK series, the John Wells/Warner Bros. TV project follows the ins and outs of a group of unlikely women in a federal prison. Pressly will play prison warden Melinda, a sexy, ominous woman with a sadistic streak enjoying cat-and-mouse games with her inmates who are terrified by her. The project is formally in second position to Fox’s Teenage Daughter, which also is produced by Warner Bros. The freshman comedy has been de facto cancelled after Fox pulled it from the schedule earlier this week. This marks Pressly’s return to NBC where she co-starred on comedy My Name Is Earl, which earned her an Emmy.

Considering her recent work has been nothing but comedies, we have a hard time imagining her playing a serious role in a drama. The plot of the show does sound intriguing though.