Vanessa Bayer, a former star on the legendary comedy show Saturday Night Live, has taken her career to the next level with a new project: a comedic series titled I Love This For You. Showtime has agreed to pick up the show for a 30-minute pilot that will debut Bayer's writing and feature the talented gal as the protagonist.
Both the production team and the cast have been stacked with some of the biggest names in comedy, and all eyes are on Showtime to see how the first episode will live up to the hype. Let's take a look at some of these comedic geniuses that have signed up. Joining Bayer as an executive producer is Jeremy Beiler, who also overlapped with Vanessa at SNL as a regular writer for the show.
And also partaking in the all-star cast as an NBC alumn is Molly Shannon, who appeared on SNL for six seasons. Jessi Klein from Inside Amy Schumer and Dead To Me will be working as showrunner and executive producer, in addition to Michael Showalter from The Big Sick. From the production side alone, I Love This For You is packing a serious comedy punch, and Showtime's President of Entertainment, Jana Winograde, couldn't hide her excitement when talking about this upcoming pilot.
"Vanessa Bayer channels her beloved personality into an underdog part that is both close to her heart and universally relatable," the network exec shared. "Combined with the immense talents of executive producers Jeremy Beiler, Jessi Klein, and Michael Showalter and a tremendous cast, Vanessa’s comedic brilliance as a performer, co-creator, and executive producer have yielded an offbeat, emotional, and laugh-out-loud series that we can’t wait to bring to our Showtime audiences."
The plot aims to tell the story of Joanna Gold (played by and inspired by the life of Vanessa Bayer), an aspiring television host who overcame leukemia as a child. She moves away from her hometown in an effort to ditch the "cancer girl" label that haunted her and finds herself hosting a home-shopping show at a competitive network filled with quirky co-workers.
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