Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress Holly Hunter, who recently had a critically applauded recurring role in HBO’s drama Succession, will star alongside Ted Danson in the untitled NBC comedy written and executive produced by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock.
“We’re so excited to write for Holly Hunter,” said Fey and Carlock. “We’re both huge fans and will have to find a way to ‘act normal’ around her. To have Holly and Ted in the same show, it’s now officially an embarrassment of riches.”
The series is about a wealthy businessman (Danson) who runs for mayor of Los Angeles for all the wrong reasons. Once he wins he has to figure out what he stands for, gain the respect of his staff and connect with his teenage daughter, all while humanely controlling the coyote population.
Hunter will play Arpi, a longtime liberal councilwoman. Having dedicated her life to the betterment of Los Angeles, she makes no secret of her disdain for the newly elected Mayor Bremer, whom she considers unqualified, sexist, and too tall to be trusted.
In addition to Danson and Hunter, Saturday Night Live vet Bobby Moynihan was previously announced in the cast as Jayden, the interim director of communications in the newly elected mayor’s office.
Hunter’s lengthy and illustrious career is highlighted by her Oscar win for the 1993 film The Piano. She has received three other Academy Award nominations for Broadcast News, The Firm and Thirteen.
On the TV side, Hunter has been nominated for six Emmys, winning two for the telefilms Roe vs. Wade and The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom. She also starred in the TV drama Saving Grace for three seasons and the critically-applauded miniseries Top of the Lake. She’ll play Sally Yates in the upcoming miniseries A Higher Loyalty based on the James Comey book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership.
Hunter most recently appeared in the hit Judd Apatow-produced comedy The Big Sick and returned to voice the role of Elastigirl in the blockbuster Pixar movie Incredibles 2.
The NBC comedy will be produced by Universal Television, a division of NBCUniversal Content Studios, Little Stranger, Bevel Gears and 3 Arts Entertainment. Robert Carlock, Tina Fey, Jeff Richmond and David Miner will executive produce. Eric Gurian, President, will oversee for Little Stranger.