Three-time Emmy nominee Molly Shannon (The Other Two) has signed on to star in the half-hour comedy pilot Big Deal, starring and executive produced by Emmy nominee Vanessa Bayer (Saturday Night Live). If the project is picked up to series at Showtime, Shannon would appear as a series regular.
Bayer co-created Big Deal with Emmy nominee Jeremy Beiler (Saturday Night Live, Inside Amy Schumer), who will also executive produce.
Emmy winner Jessi Klein (Inside Amy Schumer, Black Monday, Big Mouth) will serve as showrunner and executive produce along with Michael Showalter (The Big Sick, Wet Hot American Summer, The Lovebirds), who will direct, as well as Annapurna’s Megan Ellison and Sue Naegle and Jordana Mollick of Semi-Formal.
Produced by Showtime, Big Deal is a grounded comedy in which Bayer plays a character, inspired by her own past, who overcame childhood leukemia to achieve her lifelong dream of landing a job as a successful home shopping channel host. Shannon will star as Jackie, the charismatic, popular host at the network.
Molly Shannon is known for her Emmy-nominated tenure on Saturday Night Live, along with Emmy-nominated performances in Will & Grace and Enlightened and memorable roles in Wet Hot American Summer and Divorce. She also won a Film Independent Spirit Award for her role in Other People.
Shannon is currently in production on the second season of The Other Two, for which she garnered a Critics’ Choice Award nomination and can be seen in Horse Girl opposite Alison Brie and the upcoming Promising Young Women with Carey Mulligan.
Big Deal is executive produced by Vanessa Bayer, Jeremy Beiler and Jessi Klein, along with Megan Ellison and Sue Naegle of Annapurna and Michael Showalter and Jordana Mollick of Semi-Formal.
Nominated for an Emmy and an American Comedy Award during her seven seasons on Saturday Night Live, Bayer has also appeared in such film and television projects as Trainwreck, Ibiza, Office Christmas Party, Will & Grace, Drunk History, Portlandia, Sound Advice and Man Seeking Woman.
Beiler has earned three Emmy nominations and two Writers Guild of America awards for his work on Inside Amy Schumer and Saturday Night Live. His recent credits include I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson.
A multiple Emmy nominee, Klein served as head writer and executive producer of Inside Amy Schumer, which won the Emmy for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series and a Peabody Award. She also served as consulting producer and writer on Black Monday. Her writing and producing credits also include Dead to Me, Transparent, Kroll Show and Saturday Night Live, and she is also one of the lead voices on Big Mouth. Klein’s debut book, You’ll Grow Out of It, was released in 2016 and became a New York Times bestseller.
In addition to directing the critically acclaimed The Big Sick, Showalter’s extensive resume of writing and directing includes Hello My Name Is Doris, Wet Hot American Summer and its sequels, Search Party, Childrens Hospital, Super Fun Night, The State and the upcoming The Eyes of Tammy Faye.