NBC Ordered a 12-Episode Comedy Starring SCTV Alum Andrea Martin
4:22 pm, November 15th | by Colette McIntyre
For the second time this buying season, NBC has given out a straight-to-series order and, for the second time this buying season, the order was given to a project created by and starring women. I’m not ready to unfurl the “Mission Accomplished” banner yet but I will happily accept this success on behalf of ladykind. Way to do it, ladies!
NBC handed out an early twelve-episode order to Working the Engles, a new sitcom starring comedy big shot and Tony-winner Andrea Martin, THR reports. The network will co-produce alongside Canadian company Halfire-Core Entertainment, making this the first-ever sitcom collaboration between a U.S. and Canadian broadcaster.
Created and written by sisters Katie Ford (Miss Congeniality, Desperate Housewives) and Jane Ford (Listen Missy, a Canadian series) the half-hour comedy centers on ” family who must band together to keep their heads above water when their father and breadwinner passes away, leaving them a mountain of debt. The Engels must all go to work running Dad’s storefront law firm, with one minor problem — daughter Jenna is the only one who is qualified to practice law.” Martin will star as Ceil, the family’s overly confident matriarch. This will be a return to the small screen for Martin, who kickstarted her career on the legendary Canadian sketch comedy series SCTV but has focused on theater in recent years, winning a Tony for her role in the Broadway revival of Pippin.