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Greg Poehler to Star in DirecTV Comedy 'You Me Her' (Exclusive)
Greg Poehler won't be out of work for long.
The Welcome to Sweden alum has nabbed the starring role in DirecTV comedy You Me Her, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The 10-episode comedy series from John Scott Shepherd (NBC's Save Me) has also enlisted Fargo and Flight of the Conchords' Rachel Blanchard, who will star alongside Poehler.
The series centers on Jack (Poehler) and Emma (Blanchard), a happily married couple who are coming off several years of "baby sex" and fertility struggles. A waning sex life and a sequence of surprising turns are about to spin their relationship in a direction neither could have imagined.
Shepherd will pen the scripts and exec produce the series, from Entertainment One Television. Golden Globe winner Nisha Ganatra (Transparent, Shameless, Married) will direct all 10 episodes of the comedy, set to air on DirecTV's Audience Network.
“I was such a fan of Welcome to Sweden, the casting process for Jack ended the second I knew Greg was available,” Shepherd said. “In my opinion, he’s one of the best naturalistic ‘everyman’ comedic actors in the business. I was a fan of Rachel’s long before her wonderful turn in Fargo, especially the amazing British comedy Peep Show. We’re aiming very high with You Me Her, and I feel like Greg and Rachel are Jack and Emma Trakarsky.”
The comedy was originally inspired by John H. Richardson's Playboy article "Sugar on Top." Alta Loma Entertainment's Peter Jaysen will exec produce alongside Alan Gasmer; eOne's John Morayniss and Gerard Bocaccio will oversee.
You Me Her comes less than a month after NBC opted to cancel Welcome to Sweden, which Poehler — the younger brother of Amy Poehler — created and starred in.
Poehler and Shepherd are repped by Paradigm; Blanchard is with DBA and Sanders Armstrong. Ganatra is with ICM Partners and Sher Law Group.