8:25am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Ali Wentworth to Star in Pop's Second Scripted Series
Pop, the network formerly known as TV Guide Network, has ordered its second scripted series.
The network announced Tuesday that it has picked up Traci From NightCap to series. The 10-episode scripted comedy will star Ali Wentworth and hails from Lionsgate Television, one of the co-owners of the cable network.
Traci is described as an edgy, over-the-top, single-camera, culture-commentary comedy that will feature a mixed cast of improvisational actors and real-life celebrities. Each half-hour episode covers the hectic 22 minutes before a live airing of a late-night talk show, which are fraught with insanity, urgency, absurdity, laughter and lip-sync rehearsals.
In addition to starring as a producer on the fictitious late-night show, Wentworth will executive produce.
“In the spirit of great workplace comedies in the world of broadcasting – from The Mary Tyler Moore Show to 30 Rock – we are excited to take viewers into Traci From Nightcap,” said Kevin Beggs, Lionsgate Television Group Chairman. “Starring Ali Wentworth, we know that this series will have a smart, irreverent voice and reflect Lionsgate’s original, noisy and provocative signature brand of programming."
For Pop, the series will join its first scripted outing, Schitt’s Creek.
Traci hails from Dakota Pictures and Trout the Dog Productions. Wentworth, Tom Brunelle (Chelsea Lately) and Brad Wollack (Chelsea Lately) of Free 90 Media, Troy Miller (Lionsgate Television’s Deadbeat) and Lydia Tenaglia, Chris Collins and Craig Shepherd of Zero Point Zero Production.
Wentworth is repped by ICM Partners and attorney Adam Kaller.