10:30am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Courtney B. Vance to Star Opposite Felicity Huffman in ABC Political Comedy From 'Black-ish' Creator
Courtney B. Vance has booked a TV series regular role after his Emmy-winning turn in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.
The actor, who scored gold with his portrayal of Johnnie Cochran in the FX anthology, has been tapped to star opposite Felicity Huffman in ABC's Libby & Malcolm, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The project, which has a sizable pilot-production commitment from the network, is a blended-family show about two polar-opposite political pundits (Huffman, Vance) who fall in love despite all odds and form an insta-family as well as a work partnership.
The single-camera comedy is being co-written by Black-ish creator-showrunner Kenya Barris and co-executive producer Vijal Patel. Vance also will executive produce alongside Barris, Patel, Huffman and Brian Dobbins.
Vance will star as Malcolm, a smooth, confident liberal pundit and father of three who arms himself with cold, hard facts and an irresistible easy charm that wins over everyone he meets. Malcolm recently married Libby (Huffman), a strong, brilliant Republican who won his heart by knocking him off his feet. Now they'll forge a new life together at home against all odds while going head-to-head at work on their fiery new political talk show.
Vance, who has seen his profile rise after his Emmy-winning performance as O.J. Simpson's attorney, will next be seen in Office Christmas Party, due in theaters in December, as well as opposite Tom Cruise in The Mummy. He won a Tony Award for Lucky Guy and will appear on the small screen in HBO's Oprah Winfrey starrer The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Vance is repped by Gersh, Lighthouse Entertainment and Fox Rothschild.
The project, first announced in September, comes at a perfect time given the recent presidential election and the country's heightened political divisiveness. Libby & Malcolm also arrives as ABC has found tremendous success with its inclusive brand of family comedies that include Black-ish, Fresh Off the Boat, Speechless, The Real O'Neals and The Goldbergs.