SNL vet Julia Sweeney returns to TV in Hulu’s ‘Shrill’ starring Aidy Bryant


Saturday Night Live vet Julia Sweeney, best known for the androgynous character Pat, is returning to television after a ten-year hiatus.

Sweeney will team with current SNL cast member Aidy Bryant for the Hulu single-camera comedy series, Shrill, according to Deadline. 

Based on the 2016 memoir Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by New York Times opinion writer Lindy West, the series centers on Annie (Bryant), an overweight woman who wants her life to change, but not her body. Sweeney will portray Annie’s mother in the 6-episode series.

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Shrill is being brought to the screen by SNL creator Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video, Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman’s company Brownstone Productions, and the company where Brownstone is based, Warner Bros. Television.

West, Ali Rushfield, and Bryant will write the series and Rushfield will also serve as showrunner. In addition, Jesse Peretz (GLOW, Girls) is on board to direct the first episode while Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia) will take over directing duties for the second.

Sweeney spent the last ten years raising her daughter in the Chicago suburbs. However, now that her daughter has started college, Sweeney decided to resume her career.

In addition to playing Pat and other characters on Saturday Night Live, and writing and starring in the movie It’s Pat, Sweeney has written and performed numerous well-received one-woman plays.

Sweeney and Bryant could present the perfect mother-daughter duo for a hilarious comedy in Shrill. Both come from a similar background with their time on SNL, and both are able to be topical as well as silly in their comedy.

Furthermore, West’s columns in The New York Times explore feminist issues through a pop culture lens in a thoughtful, blunt, and interesting way.

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Consequently, the series could be a fascinating but amusing meditation on what it means to be a bigger woman who desires and believes she deserves success, no matter what society says. It’s a topic that many viewers can relate to.

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