Beloved Friends actress and comedian, Lisa Kudrow is set to star in and executive produce Amazon’s Good People. Kudrow has established her name in Hollywood with attachments to multiple big-name projects such as Dr. Dolittle, Easy A, Neighbors, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, the upcoming comedy Booksmart, and more notable films.
Kudrow will play the role of Lynn Steele, the university ombudsman, who is described as “a tired, mercurial force of nature who finds herself being seen as out of touch by millennials, even though she has been a champion of women her entire career.”
Kudrow’s character is included in the three generations of women who work in the ombudsman’s office. Per Amazon’s summary, Good People will follow these women as they “navigate the current cultural climate, the concept of feminism across different generations, and the struggle to reconcile socially constructed ideas with current ethical views regarding complex issues such as sex, race, class and gender.”
Co-created by writers Whitney Cummings and Lee Daniels, the latter will write, direct, and join the cast in the pilot, which is currently in the works. Daniels will be in the role of a staffer at the university.
The half-hour show has landed A-list actors, Martin Short and Greg Kinnear. In a show favoring women’s views, it’s also necessary to show the opposing. Short will play up to that part as Ed Brown, the dean of Sacramento University, who isn’t really aware of women issues nor does he grasp what’s appropriate in the work environment. His sexism sets off problems in the ombudsman’s office.
Kinnear joins as a philosophy professor who is nothing but a nuisance to Lynn Steele and Cummings’s character.
Kudrow currently executive produces the Emmy-winning docuseries Who Do You Think You Are? with Dan Bucatinsky on NBC. The network recently ordered 13 episodes for an 11th season.
Good People is produced by Amazon Studios and Fox 21 Television Studios.