Shirley MacLaine, Matthew Broderick to Headline Dramedy Series 'Bettyville'

The project hails from Paramount Television.
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Shirley MacLaine and Matthew Broderick are headed for the small screen.

The duo are set to headline a new dramedy series, Bettyville, from Paramount Television, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

An adaptation of journalist George Hodgman's best-selling memoir, the project follows George (Broderick) after he leaves Manhattan for his hometown of Paris, Missouri, to care for his aging mother Betty (MacLaine). Only expecting to be gone for a few weeks, life seems to conspire to keep him there, armed with not much more than a willing heart, a messy past to sort out and two very different personalities to deal with: his own, and Betty’s. 

John Hoffman (Looking, Grace and Frankie) will adapt the memoir for TV and serve as showrunner on the series. He will executive produce alongside Archer Gray’s Anne Carey and Amy Nauiokas (The Diary of a Teenage Girl), as well as Hodgman. There is no platform yet attached to the series, which will film in Santa Fe, N.M.

“Paramount TV could not be in better hands than those of Shirley MacLaine and Matthew Broderick, two incredibly versatile talents who know how to marry drama with comedy, which is at the center of this fantastic story,” Paramount TV president Amy Powell said Thursday in a statement. “We’re eager to watch as Shirley and Matthew bring these complex and captivating characters to life.”

Oscar-winner MacLaine most recently appeared on two episodes of Glee, as well as a multi-episode arc on Downton Abbey. Her small-screen roles also include a 1999 mini, Joan of Arc, and a starring role in the 1972 series Shirley's World. The actress's upcoming film roles include Wild Oats and the live-action Little Mermaid.

Bettyville will be the first series-regular role for theater and film actor Broderick, whose TV credits include Modern Family, Louie and 30 Rock.

Paramount TV's credits include Nickelodeon's School of Rock adaptation, HBO's Vinyl and also several forthcoming TV adaptations in the works including Amazon's Jack Ryan series and USA Network's Shooter.

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