NBC Orders Susan Sarandon Comedy Pilot -- Written by and Co-Starring Her Daughter

Susan Sarandon NBC sitcomWhen it comes to supporting her child’s writing career, Susan Sarandon is putting her career where her mouth is.

The Academy Award-winning actress is set to star in Growing Ivy, a single-camera comedy pilot for NBC, conceived, co-written by and co-starring her daughter Eva Amurri Martino, and executive-produced by Parks and Recreation favorite Rashida Jones and Will McCormack (the latter who will co-write with Martino).

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Growing Ivy finds Martino in the lead role of Ivy Davis, a Type A career woman with a flailing personal life who invites her freewheeling, eccentric mom Franckie (Sarandon) to move in with her and work on their relationship. Her goal? To experience some of the stability she lacked in her childhood, restore balance in her everyday existence and potentially find love.

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Martino and Sarandon will also serve as co-executive producers.

Sarandon recently signed on for a one-episode guest stint on Season 4 of CBS’ Mike & Molly. Martino’s recent TV credits include New Girl, The Mindy Project and Californication.

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13 Comments
  1. Amy says:

    Is it just me or has this plot been done over and over again both in the movies and on television?

    • Drew says:

      Yes. But it has a (somewhat former) celebrity’s daughter starring, writing, producing, directing, designing, catering, and skipping ahead of all of the other undoubtedly far more talented people in Hollywood, so naturally the network will throw money at it!

      • Cloudy Knight says:

        Yeah that’s stupid. She’s been paying her dues for years now, and no network is putting on a show just because it was written and produced by a movie star’s daughter. If they didn’t think the program was worthy, they wouldn’t put it on the air. Your claims are specious at best.

        • Drew says:

          You believe that this show would be getting anywhere without Susan Sarandon agreeing to tag along?

          But yeah, she’s been paying her dues. She was also in the Banger Sisters, with Susan Sarandon… and she did that episode of Friends, with Susan Sarandon. Then there was Stepmom, Anywhere But Here, Middle of Nowhere, and That’s My Boy, all with… Yup. So, she’s been working with at least one A-lister for years. Then there’s the movie she did, which her step-father directed.

          Someone’s been paying her dues, but unfortunately, it wasn’t her.

      • Zach says:

        She worked on Parks and Rec, so she gets a free pass IMO.

      • april-ann says:

        Did you just refer (in brackets) to Susan Sarandon as a “somewhat former” celebrity??

  2. Will says:

    Eva was awesome as the crazy jewish girl in “Saved!” (that comedy movie with Mandy Moore and Jena Malone) so I’m interested in the end result here.

  3. Lauren says:

    Okay I like Eva Amurri (now Martino I guess?) and Susan Sarandon but come on. I’m so over plots where parents move in with their kids. It’s not that entertaining and it’s certainly not original.

  4. april-ann says:

    Can Mamie and Meryl be far behind? Carrie and Debbie? Joely and Connie? Kate and Goldie? Gwyneth and Blythe? Lindsay and Dina? (okay, for those who don’t know, that last one was a joke).

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