Pilot Scoop: Ellie Kemper Officially Signs On to Star in NBC's Brenda Forever

Get More: Casting News, Pilots

Brenda Forever PilotEllie Kemper hasn’t even closed The Office door behind her, and she’s already lined up a new gig at NBC.

Confirming a move that was rumored last month, the Bridesmaids star will play the lead in Brenda Forever, a Peacock Net single-camera comedy pilot.

The project is written and executive produced by Andrew Leeds (Bones‘ Pelant) and David Lampson (This One Time With Julia).

RELATED | Pilot Season 2013: Get Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) Newcomers and Who’s in Them

The potential series would consist of stories from Brenda Miller’s past and present, which would mesh together to give a unique portrait of how a chubby, awkward but incredibly confident 13-year-old grew up to be a 31-year-old woman who still does her own thing.



Comments (9)

  • all im gonna say is i dont think its a coincidence that ellie kemper’s role on the office escalated dramatically over 4 seasons on the Office. she’s clearly got some kind of it-factor, and it’s only a matter of time before she finds her niche.

    Comment by cjeffery7 – February 6, 2013 08:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great! She’s so funny on The Office. I love that Erin couldn’t get a joke or a situation as fast as a normal person would and she doesn’t care!

    Comment by King – February 6, 2013 08:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yep, I agree – Ellie is one of the ‘It Girls’ this pilot season – the other is Rose Byrne. I think we’ll be seeing both on series TV this coming fall – Ellie just made ‘Brenda’ a much more viable pilot.

    Question – does anyone out there know status of Jenna Fischer? Is she looking at taking some time off, or doing more feature films now that Office is wrapping up? I keep expecting to see her name come up associated with one of the new pilots this spring. If I had a comedy pilot to cast a female lead, I’d been pestering Jenna’s agent morning, noon and night. In my mind, even more so than Ellie or Rose, Jenna is the ‘It Girl’ this pilot season – assuming she wants to start up on another TV series without some time off.

    Comment by Nero theTVFiddler – February 6, 2013 10:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • To be honest I think Jenna Fischer will probably be looking for movie roles, not TV pilots.

      Comment by kavyn – February 7, 2013 12:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I don’t think so. She IS Pam Beesly. She’ll go the way of Carrie Fisher.

      Comment by Teag – February 7, 2013 02:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Wow, you are so wrong.

        Comment by Michelle – March 17, 2013 06:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Who from ‘The Office’ DOESN’T have a spinoff yet?

    Comment by vbarkley39 – February 7, 2013 04:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think I’m the only one who can’t stand Erin. The only other thing I’ve seen Ellie in is Bridesmaids, and she was a little irritating in that too. Hope Brenda is a drastically different character.

    Comment by Daisy – February 7, 2013 04:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • giving her a lead role could be fatel look what it did to to mindy

    Comment by John Moshier – February 7, 2013 11:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

Leave a Reply

Comments on TVLine.com are monitored. So don't go off topic, don't frakkin' curse, and be gone with your offers of discount leather goods. Talk smart about TV!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s