Jacki Weaver.

A hit in Hollywood ... Jacki Weaver.

In Silver Linings Playbook Jacki Weaver plays a mother in a sports-mad Philadelphia family; now she'll mother a sports-mad Boston family for a new TV comedy.

The two-time Oscar nominee has landed a starring role in US network CBS's family comedy The McCarthys, according to industry website The Hollywood Reporter.

The pilot, to be directed by Fred Savage, of Wonder Years and Austin Powers fame, will see the Australian actress in the role of Marjorie, the loving but exhausted mother of the loud, Irish-Catholic McCarthys.

Marjorie loves to hang out with her gay son Ronny while her husband (to be played by Jack McGee) and her other children obsess over basketball.

Weaver is nominated for an Academy Award in the supporting actress category for her role in Silver Linings Playbook.

The Oscars ceremony will be held on February 24 (1230 AEDT on February 25).

AAP