Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Amazon Orders 8 Episodes of Untitled Series Starring Octavia Spencer and Hannah Waddingham

Amazon has today given a series order to an untitled original comedy series starring Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer (The Help, Hidden Figures) and Emmy Award winner Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso, Sex Education). The first season will produce 8 episodes.

The series will follow two best friends, Judith (Waddingham) and Debbie (Spencer), who know everything about each other... well, almost everything. Judith has been living a double life that Debbie knows nothing about: she is a highly trained assassin. When a hit goes horribly wrong, Judith and Debbie must go on the run together and work to repair their broken friendship - all while being targeted by a mysterious enemy who wants them dead. And only together, can they solve this layered mystery.

Tessa Coates created the series. She will executive produce with Spencer, Waddingham, Brian Clisham, Stephanie Kluft, Andy Muschietti, Barbara Muschietti, Irene Yeung, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Matt Thunell. Amazon MGM Studios, Skydance Television, Double Dream and Orit Entertainment will produce.

"I was in as soon as I heard Tessa's stunning pitch," said Spencer. "To be able to dive into a role like Debbie is rare, and working with Hannah to bring this unique friendship to life is a dream. We knew we had something special with Skydance and Double Dream, and now that we have a home at Amazon, our vision has become a reality."

"I'm not gonna lie, a few expletives fell out of my face at the prospect of working with the magnificent Ms. Spencer, Tessa Coates' hugely energetic, exhilarating script, Skydance and Double Dream," added Waddingham. "To then see the immediate excited response from a mighty beast like Amazon! It's all just incredibly exciting, and I can't wait to get our collective teeth into it!"

"We were blown away by this one-of-a-kind comedy," shared Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon MGM Studios. "Tessa's pitch delivered it all - fantastically original characters, a great story, the amazing creative talents of Octavia and Hannah and so much fun. We are over the moon to work with them all plus the dream teams at Skydance, Double Dream, and Orit Entertainment."