3:30pm PT by Rick Porter
Lisa Kudrow to Star in Lee Daniels-Whitney Cummings Amazon Pilot
Lisa Kudrow is headed to Amazon.
The Emmy-winning actress (Friends) has signed on to star in a comedy pilot called Good People from creators Lee Daniels and Whitney Cummings. She also will be an executive producer along with Daniels and Cummings.
Good People is set in a college ombudsman's office, where three generations of women working there "navigate the current cultural climate, the concept of feminism across different generations and the struggle to reconcile socially constructed ideas with current ethical views regarding complex issues such as sex, race, class and gender," per Amazon's logline.
Kudrow's character, Lynn Steele, is the college ombudsman, a tired, mercurial force of nature. She finds herself being seen as out of touch by the younger generation, even though she's been a champion of women her entire career. Cummings will also star in addition to her other duties on the pilot.
The pilot comes from Amazon Studios and Disney's Fox 21 Television Studios (Empire co-creator Daniels is under an overall deal at sister studio 20th TV). Daniels and Cummings co-wrote the pilot, with Daniels set to direct.
Kudrow is taking on her first series-regular role since Showtime's Web Therapy ended in 2015. She also is an executive producer on the genealogy docuseries Who Do You Think You Are?, which is returning to NBC after seven years on TLC.
Should it go to series, Good People will bolster what is currently a thin comedy roster on Amazon. The streamer has multiple Emmy winner The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and the upcoming Upload from Greg Daniels, as well as the star-studded rom-com anthology Modern Love, but with the cancellation of The Tick, the bulk of its current original shows are dramas.
Kudrow is repped by CAA, Viewpoint and attorney Mark Gochman.