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Showtime is adding to its pilot roster.
The premium cable network has handed out a pilot order to drama Queen Fur, written and exec produced by Eileen Myers (Masters of Sex) and starring Lily Mae Harrington (Some Freaks and a Glee Project finalist). Sian Heder (Orange Is the New Black) will direct the pilot, which counts Deb Spera (Army Wives) as an exec producer.
The Showtime-Sony Pictures TV co-production is set in a small town in Central Florida — a place where beauty pageants, gun culture, Cuban revolutionaries and Southern hospitality co-exist and collide. And at the center of it all is Macy Dunleavy (Harrington) — a curvy, sexy, unapologetic high school dropout who is finding her womanhood and is ready to seize a big opportunity.
“Eileen has created a uniquely twisted female empowerment story that surprises at every turn,” Showtime president of programming Gary Levine said. “I am confident that Lily Mae Harrington, playing this feisty, sexually confident, gun-toting underdog, will have audiences laughing, gasping and, ultimately, cheering for her!”
The order for Queen Fur follows news that Showtime had picked up comedy pilot Black Monday and drama pilot City on a Hill to series and after the cabler announced that The Affair would wrap its run next season.
Queen Fur brings Myers back to Showtime following Masters of Sex. Her credits include When We Rise, Mad Dogs, Hung, Big Love and the Criminal Minds franchise.
Harrington was a finalist on Oxygen’s Ryan Murphy-produced Glee unscripted competition series The Glee Project. Her credits include Room 104 and Pee Wee’s Big Holiday.
Myers and Spera are repped by WME; Harrington is with Ellis Talent Group, Brehan Fitzgerald and attorney Matt Rosen.
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