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Sony Pictures TV and Norman Lear are delving into the prolific producer’s catalog again, developing a remake of 1970s cult favorite Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.
Schitt’s Creek breakout Emily Hampshire is set to star in the series, which will update the original’s satire of consumer culture for the social media age. Hampshire will also co-write the script with Letterkenny creator Jacob Tierney.
A spoof of soap operas, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman starred Louise Lasser as a housewife in the fictional Fernwood, Ohio, who finds a series of bizarre events happening around her and struggles to cope. The show aired in nightly syndication from January 1976 to July 1977.
In the updated version, Hampshire’s character will play a small-town woman who feels like a nobody — until she becomes a “verified” social media celebrity.
The project is the latest from Lear’s deep catalog that Sony — which holds rights to the legendary producer’s library — is looking to update or remake. The studio, which produced Netflix/Pop TV’s One Day at a Time, signed a first-look deal with Lear’s Act III Productions in 2018 that has thus far produced ABC’s Live in Front of a Studio Audience specials and an animated version of Good Times that’s set to run on Netflix.
Hampshire played fan favorite Stevie Budd on Schitt’s Creek and is coming off Epix’s limited series Chapelwaite, based on the Stephen King story “Jerusalem’s Lot.” She and Tierney previously worked together on his films The Trotsky, Good Neighbors and The Death & Life of John F. Donovan.
Tierney and Hampshire will executive produce Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman with Lear and Act III’s Brent Miller.
Hampshire is repped by Atlas Artists, Paradigm, Creative Drive Artists, K. L. Benzakein Talent and Felker Toczek. Tierney is with ICM Partners and GGA.
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