Melissa McCarthy has been glorified on our small screens with her outlandish characters for quite some time, but according to an article in Variety, we will soon be able to see more of her influence on the other side of the camera.
McCarthy was formerly launched into fame in her role as the spunky Sookie St. James on Gilmore Girls. She stayed on the show for the entire seven season run (even after the departure of the showrunners Amy Sherman-Palladino and husband, Daniel Palladino), and one can see the experimentation with characters begin with our favorite Stars Hollow chef. Shortly after Gilmore Girls’ end, she had regular roles on programs like Samantha Who? and her titular role on CBS’ comedy Mike & Molly, which ended just this spring after six seasons.
Her film career was what really landed McCarthy into superstardom, as her famously unmannerly performance in Bridesmaids earned her an Oscar nomination. Since then, she has teamed up with her husband, Ben Falcone, to star and produce in such films as Spy and Tammy.
Now the husband and wife duo are setting up to develop a new comedy for the Fox network. Currently, the show does not have a title, but Variety has released the general description of their new show. It is set to be a single-camera, half-hour program that features an unusual blended family that’s made up of a type-A single man and his formerly estranged sister with two kids in tow, trying to live under the same roof.
Jim Cashman and Mitch Silpa are also co-executive producing and writing this new series. While this is the first project to be created by Silpa and Cashman, they have acted and written with McCarthy and Falcone in the past. Silpa and Cashman have appeared in The Boss, Bridesmaids, Spy, and The Heat, on top of other writing and performing credits.
McCarthy and Falcone’s newest project is their second they have developed together. Previously, their show Nobodies has been greenlit by TV Land, and follows the story of three struggling comedians persuading their famous friend to star in a film for their own personal gain. TV Land has given Nobodies a pilot order and is set to premiere in January.
But don’t worry, comedy fans, McCarthy is still building her on-screen career as well as her off-screen one. She will be reviving Sookie St. James in the November Netflix reboot of Gilmore Girls, and her new film Life of the Party is expected to be released in May of next year.