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Demi Lovato’s comedy series about a group of people with eating disorders is getting a pilot order at NBC.
The singer-actress is set to star and executive produce the project, titled Hungry, which follows “friends who belong to a food issues group and help each other as they look for love, success and the perfect thing in the fridge that’s going to make it all better.”
Other executive producers on the single-camera comedy include Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner, Scooter Braun, Scott Manson and James Shin.
Lovato has been open about having an eating disorder herself in the past. “I was compulsively overeating when I was 8 years old,” she told ABC News in 2011. “So, I guess, for the past 10 years I’ve had a really unhealthy relationship with food.” Lovato has also said that when she was working on Camp Rock as a teenage Disney Channel star, she was bullied about her weight by her classmates, which in turn led to bulimia. “I was performing concerts on an empty stomach,” she said. “I was losing my voice from purging.”
If the project is greenlit to series, it will mark Lovato’s first regular TV role since she starred in Disney Channel’s 2009 series Sonny With a Chance.
The news comes on the heels of NBC’s streaming service Peacock ordering another mental health-pegged title, a drama titled Expiration Date, starring Will Forte as a man who wants to commit suicide.
NBC also ordered another single-cam comedy pilot, Somewhere Out There, billed as “a romantic comedy about two set-in-their-ways adults who are challenged by very unexpected strangers to become the best versions of themselves in order to find love and possibly each other.” The project is based on the Spanish format Pequenas Coincidencias created by Javier Veiga. Executive producers include Josh Siegal, Dylan Morgan, Matt Hubbard, Emiliano Calemzuk and Veiga.
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