Showtime has handed a pilot order to the SNL alum’s comedy project, just over a year after it went into development, TVLine has learned.
Inspired by Bayer’s own past, Big Deal stars the actress as a woman who overcame childhood leukemia to achieve her lifelong dream of landing a job as a QVC host. Bayer will also executive-produce the half-hour comedy alongside SNL scribe Jeremy Beiler, while Michael Showalter (Search Party) will direct and Jessi Klein (Big Mouth) will serve as showrunner.
“Vanessa Bayer is such a sharp and joyful comic talent, and in Big Deal she mines the story of her own life to deliver hard comedy with deep resonance,” said Gary Levine, co-president of entertainment at Showtime. “In Jeremy, Jessi and Michael, we have a veritable all-star team who never fail to deliver smart, subversive and funny comedy — which Big Deal certainly promises to be.”
In addition to her seven years on Saturday Night Live, Bayer’s TV credits include Single Parents, Will & Grace and Drunk History. She’ll also guest-star in a Season 7 episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, where she’ll reunite with former SNL co-star Andy Samberg.
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