12:30pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Aidy Bryant-Led Comedy 'Shrill' Picked Up to Series at Hulu
Aidy Bryant is ready to pull double duty.
Hulu has handed out a six-episode series order for Shrill, a comedy starring the Saturday Night Live favorite.
The project, first put into development in April, is based on blogger Lindy West's memoir Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman. SNL mastermind Lorne Michaels and Elizabeth Banks will executive produce the comedy, Production begins this week in Portland, Oregon. (Shrill will not impact Bryant's status with the long-running NBC variety series.)
Bryant will star as Annie, described as a fat young woman who wants to change her life — but not her body. Annie is trying to make it as a journalist while juggling bad boyfriends, sick parents and a perfectionist boss and as the world around her deems her not good enough because of her weight. She starts to realize that she’s as good as anyone else, and acts on it.
Bryant, Alexandra Rushfield and West will adapt the book and co-write the story and teleplay for the pilot. Rushfield (Love, Parks and Recreation) will serve as showrunner. The project hails from Michaels' Broadway Video banner and it is being produced outside of his longtime home at Universal Television. The company's Andrew Singer will exec produce. Banks and Max Handelman's Brownstone Productions banner is also on board to exec produce the comedy via their pod deal at Warner Bros. Television. Banks originally optioned Shrill for television in December 2016 and tapped Bryant to star and co-write. Bryant will also be credited as a co-exec producer. Jesse Peretz (Girls, GLOW) will direct and exec produce the pilot. Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia) will helm the second episode. Brownstone's Dannah Shinder will serve as producer.
Lolly Adefope (Miracle Workers) will portray Fran, Annie's best friend and roommate; Luka Jones (People of Earth) is set as Ryan, Annie's boyfriend; Ian Owens (Second City's Unelectable You) will play Amadi, Annie's friend and co-worker; and John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) rounds out the cast as Gabe, Annie's boss.
Shrill joins a Hulu scripted originals slate that also includes The Handmaid's Tale, Future Man, Runaways, Castle Rock, The First, Catch-22 and the upcoming PEN15 and Looking for Alaska, among others. The pickup comes as Hulu recently wrapped its long-running comedy Casual.