Vanessa Bayer Sets Comedy Pilot at Showtime, Michael Showalter to Direct

Variety | 11/18/2019 | Will Thorne
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Vanessa Bayer has some news which is kind of a big deal.

Showtime has ordered a half-hour comedy pilot from the “Saturday Night Live” alum, who will star and executive produce.

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The project in question is called “Big Deal,” and is described as a grounded comedy in which Bayer plays a character, inspired by her own past, who overcame childhood leukemia to achieve her lifelong dream of landing a job as a QVC host.

Bayer co-created the show with former “SNL” writer Jeremy Beiler, who will also executive produce. “Inside Amy Schumer” head writer Jessi Klein will serve as showrunner and executive produce along with “The Big Sick” director Michael Showalter who will helm the pilot.

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The project was announced by Showtime presidents of entertainment Gary Levine and Jana Winograde.

“Vanessa Bayer is such a sharp and joyful comic talent, and in ‘Big Deal’ she mines the story of her own life...
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