Melissa McCarthy may be on to something with Nobodies, the upcoming TV Land program which premiered Monday at the SXSW Festival in Austin, TX. The star of Mike and Molly and such film hits as Bridesmaids and The Boss brought her big time connections and signature brand of humor to a show that is receiving absolute buckets of praise. It’s confirmed that the actress does play herself, but her primary role is behind the camera. Joining her will be husband Ben Falcone.
Revolving around three comedians, Nobodies finds McCarthy getting pitched to star in their movie. It’s a pretty Larry Davidian concept, and one that deals with the trappings of a “made” comedian in works with those still struggling to get a foot in the door. Indeed, the entire series exudes the Curb Your Enthusiasm style idea of show-biz truth under extreme hyperbole. That means you’d be wise not to consider McCarthy the star of the series. That honor goes to creators Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf, and Rachel Ramras. Fans of MADtv might also be excited to learn that Michael McDonald is serving as showrunner.
When asked about her and Falcone’s roles back in January, McCarthy told The Hollywood Reporter “We play horrible versions of ourselves. Ben and I are actually very much a part of the show.” She also confirmed the truth behind the comedy. “It’s very autobiographical. When they say it’s not, they may be lying.”
The official trailer, depicting the likes of Kristen Wiig and Jason Bateman, brings the hard knocks world of Hollywood to life. Especially if you’re Bateman.
Yahoo News says that Maya Rudolph and Kristen Bell are also set for cameos in the series. Ideally, but not realistically, they’ll be a bit kinder than their celebrity ilk.
The Daily Mail reports that the series is already scheduled for a second season. Until we get too far ahead of ourselves however, Nobodies comes to television March 29 at 10 p.m. ET on TV Land.
Stay tuned for more information about Nobodies and other series at the 2017 SXSW Festival in Austin, TX.