11:30am PT by Kate Stanhope
Religious Dramedy From 'Revenge' Creator in the Works at The CW
The CW is looking to expand its dramedy slate.
The network has given a script development deal to a one-hour dramedy from Revenge executive producers Mike Kelley and Melissa Loy, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Near Beth Experience follows a cynical young stand-up comedian who survives a near-death experience. Suddenly, the former non-believer starts hearing the prayers of people in close proximity to her — forcing her out of her egocentric comfort zone as she attempts to help others in eccentric, funny and begrudgingly heartfelt ways.
Rob Giles will write the script and serve as a co-executive producer. Kelley, who served as creator and showrunner on Revenge, will exec produce with Loy through their Page Fright banner. Warner Bros. TV, where Page Fright is based, will produce.
While The CW has moved away from half-hours in recent years, the younger-skewing network has found acclaim with hourlong dramedies like Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, both of which nabbed Golden Globe wins for their leading ladies. The CW will next unveil the light drama Life Sentence, starring Lucy Hale and exec produced by Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence, sometime midseason.
Near Beth Experience is also the latest in a growing number of TV projects centered on stand-up comedians. Showtime has I'm Dying Up Here, White Famous and Dice; Pete Holmes' Crashing is on HBO; and Netflix is set to unveil the second season of Maria Bamford's Lady Dynamite on Nov. 10.
Giles' credits include Glee and My Sister's Keeper.
Kelley and Loy are also exec producing the upcoming OWN coming-of-age drama from Oscar-winning Moonlight writer-producer Tarell Alvin McCraney. Kelley, whose other credits include Swingtown, is repped by CAA and attorney Harris Hartman.