Thursday, June 14, 2018

Development News - Leah Remini to Star in FOX Comedy Pilot Written by Rob McElhenney and Rob Rosell; Plus 1 More Update!

Development News - June 14, 2018

FOX's Untitled McElhenney/Rosell Project and Hulu's Kansas City.

  • Leah Remini will star in the comedy pilot written by Rob McElhenney and Rob Rosell. She starred for nine seasons in CBS' The King of Queens and one season in CBS' Kevin Can Wait. She also won an Emmy for her A&E informational series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.
  • She will play Jean, who considers herself a patriot who loves her country and firmly believes in everyone's right to be left alone. Jean in many ways fits the stereotype of a typical conservative. However, she leads a very progressive lifestyle as she is now marred to a woman, Betty. Together, they're raising Jean's two boys with the help of the boys' father and Jean's ex-husband, who currently lives in the garage.
  • KANSAS CITY (Comedy, Single Camera) - Starring Rafe Spall, John Slattery and Allison Tolman. Written by Zev Borow. Directed by Rhys Thomas. Executive produced by Borow, Thomas, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey. Produced by Sony Pictures Television and Amblin Television. Logline: Set in a modern U.S. riven by cultural and political divisions, so much so that it has chosen to split itself into two nations. One Missouri city, however was too evenly divided to align with either side, so Kansas City split in two: the liberal East K.C. and conservative West K.C., with a wall built to divided the sides. 
  • Spall (The Big Short) will play Ben Graham, a citizen of East K.C. who has wearily resigned himself to only being able to see his 15-year-old daughter, Clarissa - who lives in West K.C. - a few hours a day until he is approached about being a spy.
  • Slattery (Mad Men) will play Ellis Brookmeyer, Ben's former father-in-law and the last mayor of unified Kansas City. He is the leading funder of West K.C.'s secret police and will stop at nothing to bring East K.C. to its knees.
  • Tolman (Fargo) will play Tabatha Brookmeyer, Ben's ex-wife and the mother of their daughter. She left Ben and East K.C. to live with their daughter in West K.C. Her motivations then, and now, are complicated - as is her fraught relationship with her father, Ellis.