1:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Gabrielle Union, Jemele Hill, Kelley Carter Team for Showtime Comedy
Showtime is looking to Gabrielle Union, Jemele Hill and Kelley Carter for its next comedy.
The premium cable network is developing New Money, based on an original idea by culture writers Hill and Carter and exec produced by Union.
Written by Patrik-Ian Polk (Being Mary Jane, P-Valley), New Money is a half-hour comedy revolving around Black women who have solidified their careers, achieved financial independence and moved past the awkwardness and money struggles of their 20s. Now in their 30s, the ladies must deal with the repercussions their "new money" brings — including hangers-on, false friends, unwanted media attention and greedy relatives — while also navigating the treacherous world of dating.
The comedy, which is in development, hails from Sony Pictures Television, where Union and her I'll Have Another Productions banner has a first-look deal. This is Hill and Carter's first foray into the scripted space since the former departed ESPN two years ago. The longtime friends launched Lodge Freeway Media, a production company focused on telling stories about women and people of color.
Hill, Carter, Union and Polk will exec produce. Holly Shakoor Fleischer will co-exec produce for I'll Have Another. Glenn Adilman and Frank Ochoa will oversee for Sony TV, while Brendan Countee will do the same for Showtime.