Molly Shannon and Kristen Schaal Land TV Development Deals, We Believe in Miracles
1:46 pm, November 8th | by Colette McIntyre
Funny ladies and women and womyn: yesterday was our day and we missed it. The opportunity was at our fingertips and we just flopped our dumb meaty phalanges onto our keyboard and typed a tweet about how much we miss MTV’s Undressed. Yesterday was the day that Hollywood shrugged its white male shoulders and decided to give that ragtag team of scrappy female comedians a chance on the field. While we weren’t there to step up to plate and give a giant thumbs up to our curmudgeonly but lovable improv coach, two of our favorite comedy goddesses, Kristen Schaal and Molly Shannon, hit it out of the park. Cue the David Newman Trumpets of Triumph. Unfold the banner. We did it!
Fox is developing a single-camera comedy for the 2014 -2015 that Molly Shannon will star in and produce, Deadline reports. Oh but it gets better: Kids in the Hall alum Bruce McCulloch will pen the script and serve as showrunner. This will be a reunion for McCulloch and Shannon: he previously directed her in the SNL spinoff film Superstar. The as-yet-untitled comedy centers on Fiona (Shannon), a working woman who is “at the top of her professional career” who can’t help but clash with her stay-at-home pregnant daughter. While the comedian hasn’t toplined a series in some time, she has been keeping busy with recurring roles on Enlightened (which garnered an Emmy nomination) and Raising Hope, an upcoming guest spot on Super Fun Night, and an arc on HBO’s new series Getting On.
Genius comedy sprite Kirsten Schaal teamed up with her manslice, former Daily Show writer Rich Blomquist, and sold a comedy to ABC. The pair will write American Monster, a show about a small-town misfit, played by Schaal, “who becomes an unlikely celebrity when she goes on trial for the murder of the century.” Deadline reports that Schaal and Blomquist, who previously wrote The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex together, will executive produce along with 21 Jump Street writers-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. I’m so excited for this show that my eyeball have popped out of their sockets. I’m not sure how that is medically possible but my only concern is fixing my ocular nerve before American Monster premieres.