Thursday, March 23, 2017

Development News - Bobby Moynihan to Voice Title Character on Syfy's 'Happy!'; Plus 4 More Updates!

Development News - March 23, 2017

Amazon's The Climb, Love You More and Sea Oak; CBS' Real Life; and Syfy's Happy!.

  • Saturday Night Live star Bobby Moynihan will voice the title character on the drama pilot starring Christopher Meloni. He will voice Happy the Horse, a goofy little blue unicorn with a relentlessly cheerful personality. Paired with Nick Sax (Meloni), the two make for an extremely oddball duo. This is the second pilot Moynihan is involved with. He also plays the lead role in CBS' Me, Myself and I.
  • Bret Harrison (Reaper, Breaking In) will co-star on the comedy pilot starring Rebecca Rittenhouse. H will play Arnie, Drew's friend and roommate from his business school days.
  • The streaming service has ordered a pilot for single-camera comedy Love You More written by Michael Patrick King, Bridget Everett and Bobcat Goldthwait. King will serve as showrunner, Everett will star and Goldthwait will direct. King and Goldthwait executive produce while Everett is a co-executive producer. Warner Bros. Television, Amazon Studios and MPK Productions produce. The project follows New York City cabaret sensation Karen Best (Everett), a big girl with a big personality and a big love of Chardonnay, which occasionally, causes her to make some big mistakes with men. But the biggest thing about Karen is her big heart, which she uses to excel at her job as a counselor at a group home for young adults with Down syndrome. And sometimes, Karen's need to stand up for all the little people in life manifests into a fantasy rock music number, where we discover she also has a big and beautiful voice.
  • The streamer has also picked up a pilot for single-camera comedy Sea Oak written by George Saunders. He executive produces with Jonathan Krauss. Kier McFarlane and Lael Smith are co-executive producers. Amazon Studios produces. The project centers on Aunt Bernie, a meek working-class woman who dies tragically in a home invasion in her Rust Belt subsidized housing complex called Sea Oak. Compelled by sheer force of dissatisfaction, she comes back from the dead full of rage, determined to get the life she never had.
  • And finally, Amazon has given a pilot order to single-camera comedy The Climb written by and starring Diarra Kilpatrick. She executive produces with Christina Lee, Mark Gordon and Nick Pepper. Amazon Studios and The Mark Gordon Company produce. In an age where the "curation of self" has surpassed baseball as the national pastime, two best friends stuck in the same dead-end job search for fulfillment by becoming Internet famous, though moxie is their only discernible talent.