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

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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.



Comments (13)

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

    Comment by Amy – October 14, 2013 01:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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!

      Comment by Drew – October 14, 2013 02:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by Cloudy Knight – October 14, 2013 02:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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.

          Comment by Drew – October 14, 2013 02:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Ouch.

            Comment by MamaLis – October 15, 2013 12:13 AM PDT  
      • She worked on Parks and Rec, so she gets a free pass IMO.

        Comment by Zach – October 14, 2013 02:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Did you just refer (in brackets) to Susan Sarandon as a “somewhat former” celebrity??

        Comment by april-ann – October 14, 2013 06:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Will – October 14, 2013 04:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Lauren – October 14, 2013 06:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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).

    Comment by april-ann – October 14, 2013 06:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I will watch anything that has Goldie Hawn in it!

      Comment by Philipp – October 15, 2013 02:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The Gummer Girls have never relied on their mom the way Eva Amurri has.

      Comment by Eli – October 15, 2013 09:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I know. I actually had that in there but deleted it to make my post shorter. I’ve been one of the strongest supporters here of Mamie. She is incredibly talented and has more than paid her dues.

        Comment by april-ann – October 15, 2013 12:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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