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'MadTV' Star to Play Ellie Kemper's Mother in NBC's 'Brenda Forever'
NBC has found Ellie Kemper's mother.
MadTV alum Stephnie Weir has joined the single-camera comedy pilot Brenda Forever, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Stories from Brenda Miller's past and present are interwoven to give a unique portrait of how a chubby, awkward, but incredibly confident 13-year-old grew up to be a 31-year-old woman (Kemper) who still marches to the beat of her own drum.
Weir will play Brenda's mother Shelley Miller, described as jovial and easygoing. She is a good mom who doesn't take things too seriously but speaks up when she has to, and tends to be unreadable at times. Da'vine Joy Randolph co-stars.
David Lampson and Andrew Leeds, who co-wrote NBC’s Rex is Not Your Lawyer pilot in 2010, are set to write and executive produce, the pilot, which is based on a spec script that the network nabbed following a bidding war with Fox. Rescue Me’s Peter Tolan and Michael Wimer (2012) will join them as EPs on the single-camera effort from Sony Pictures TV and Tolan and Wimer’s Fedora Entertainment.
Weir is repped by UTA and Meghan Schumacher Management. She was a consulting producer on Fox's Raising Hope and appeared in Fun With Dick and Jane.