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Christina Applegate is ready to take on a new TV series, and what better a vehicle than one likened to HBO's "Big Little Lies"?

The actress has joined the forthcoming "Dead to Me," a dark comedy written by Liz Feldman. Applegate will star in and executive produce the Netflix series, Deadline reports. She'll work alongside her "Anchorman 2" co-stars Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, who are executive producing through Gloria Sanchez Productions.

The project has been likened to "Big Little Lies," according to Deadline, and it seems the similarities stem from a dark secret and a dead spouse. Applegate is set to play Jen, a woman who is used to having her life together but who has been struggling since her husband's death in a hit and run. She'll apparently also have an anger problem and a dark sense of humor. The series itself will center on the friendship she forms with someone with a shocking secret. So far, we're intrigued.

Feldman not only wrote the series but doubles as showrunner. Meanwhile, the executive producers also include Jessica Elbaum. The series comes from CBS TV Studios, as well.

Applegate last starred in a TV series in 2012, before NBC's "Up All Night" ended its two-season run, so it's exciting that she chose this project. More recently, she's been busy on the big screen. Her recent films include "Bad Moms" and its sequel, "A Bad Moms Christmas," as well as "Crash Pad."

"Dead to Me" is set for a 10-episode first season and is slated to start filming in Los Angeles this fall.

[via: Deadline]