Whitney Cummings and Lee Daniels developing #MeToo comedy at Amazon


Whitney Cummings, co-creator of 2 Broke Girls, and Lee Daniels, co-creator of Empire, are developing a half-hour comedy about navigating PC culture on a college campus at Amazon.

The untitled comedy will star Whitney Cummings as a character who works at the ombudsman’s office at a college, according to Deadline. She and her colleagues must navigate the political climate in the wake of the #MeToo and other social movements.

The timely comedy will explore the conflict between different generation’s perspectives on feminism and examine ethical considerations regarding race, gender, and class.

This is the first time Cummings has led a TV series since her NBC sitcom, Whitney, was canceled in 2013.

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Daniels will serve as director of the show’s pilot. It was Daniels’ overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV that landed the project at Fox 21. A bidding war led to the involvement of Amazon Studios in the development of the series.

In addition to creating, executive producing, and starring in her self-titled comedy, Cummings also co-created and executive produced the sitcom 2 Broke Girls, which debuted the same year as Whitney but lasted 6 seasons. Most recently, Cummings was co-showrunner and executive producer of the revival of Roseanne.

Daniels, is the co-creator and executive producer of the Fox dramas Empire and Star. He is also an Oscar-nominee for the film Precious.

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It seems that Whitney Cummings’ and Lee Daniels’ upcoming series plans to grapple with important real-world issues by investigating the ways they impact individuals’ lives and the challenges institutions face in responding to them. The show could be successful if it successfully walks a tightrope between topical and entertaining, although that is a very challenging mix, especially in our politically-charged climate.

We’ll have more news here at Show Snob on Whitney Cummings’ and Daniels’ comedy as it’s available.