12:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Carrie Brownstein Adapting Her Memoir as Hulu Comedy Pilot
Carrie Brownstein, currently wrapping IFC veteran Portlandia, is looking to Hulu for her next foray.
The actress, singer, author, comedian and musician is poised to adapt her best-selling memoir, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, as a half-hour Hulu pilot called Search and Destroy.
Produced by Annapurna Television, the comedy is loosely inspired by her memoir as well as her experiences as a young musician growing up in the Pacific Northwest during the underground feminist punk-rock movement in the 1990s. The pilot is about a young woman, a band and a community learning how to be unafraid of their own noise.
Brownstein first rose to fame as a member of the band Excuse 17 before forming Sleater-Kinney. She later formed the group Wild Flag during a long break from Sleater-Kinney. She most recently toured with Sleater-Kinney to also support her memoir. Brownstein won a Peabody Award and is a four-time Emmy nominee for writing IFC's Portlandia, which returns for its final season Jan. 18 at 10 p.m.
Annapurna's Megan Ellison, Sue Naegle and Ali Krug will exec produce alongside Brownstein, who will write and direct the pilot. Brownstein will not, at this point, have an on-screen role in the pilot and potential series.
Search and Destroy expands Brownstein's relationship with Hulu for whom she has directed multiple episodes of the comedy Casual. She has also helmed episodes of Comedy Central's Idiotsitter, NBC's upcoming A.P. Bio and will next make her feature directorial debut with MGM's Fairy Godmother. She's repped by UTA and Brillstein Entertainment.
For Hulu, Search and Destroy is part of a pilot slate that also includes Kat Dennings comedy Dollhouse, When the Street Lights Go On, Citizen, Dawn and Locke and Key. Hulu recently wrapped The Mindy Project and announced the fourth and final season of Casual as the streaming outlet prepares to repopulate its comedy offerings that currently includes renewed half-hour Future Man.
Annapurna's TV roster has Julia Roberts vehicle Today Will Be Different at HBO and Netflix's Coen brothers Western The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, among others.