Friday, January 13, 2017

TV Land Renews 'Nobodies'; Gives Series Order to 'Heathers'

During its presentation at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour, TV Land renewed its upcoming comedy series Nobodies for a second season and announced a series pickup for new anthology series Heathers based on the film of the same name.

The first season of Nobodies premieres on Wednesday, March 29 at 10/9c. The second season will consist of 12 episodes and air on the network in 2018.

Inspired by the lives of series creators Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf and Rachel Ramras, the series centers on three people who watch as their friends from a Los Angeles-based improv and sketch comedy troupe went on to star in blockbuster comedies and win Oscars while they toiled away in Hollywood. The trio now try desperately to land one of their famous friends for a feature script that they have developed, so that they, too, can rise to fame in Hollywood.

Davidson, Dorf and Ramras created and star in the series. Michael McDonald serves as showrunner for the first season. All four executive produce with Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone, who appear as recurring guest stars. JAX Media and On the Day Productions produce.

"Picking up Nobodies for season two was a no-brainer when all these extremely talented people are behind it," said Keith Cox, President of Development, TV Land. "It's a bold, quirky, hilarious look at what happens when you will do or say anything to succeed in Hollywood."

The Heathers anthology series will be breaking new ground for TV Land as its first hourlong original series. The pilot was picked up as a half-hour but the final cut came in longer and darker than expected. And now, TV Land is letting the creatives continue to pursue that vision. The first season will include 10 episodes and debut in Fall 2017.

The series based on the film franchise is described as a season-long anthology where the setting and characters change each season. The first season is set in the present day and features a new set of popular-yet-evil Heathers - only this time the outcasts have become high school royalty. 

The cast includes Grace Victoria Cox, James Scully, Melanie Field, Brendan Scannell and Jasmine Mathews. Shannen Doherty - who starred in the film - will guest star in the pilot.

Jason Micallef wrote the pilot, which was directed by Leslye Headland. Both executive produce with Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi. Lakeshore Entertainment produces.

"Our take on Heathers is a cinematic, surprising and twisted comedy that gives a wonderful nod to the film while also creating something entirely its own," said Cox. "We're really passionate about this show and the satirical storytelling its provocative characters allow."