Jessica Williams will star, co-write, and executive produce a comedy series for Showtime. She will be teaming up with long-time collaborator Jim Strouse, director of The Incredible Jessica James.
The series will follow an African-American science fiction writer in Brooklyn. Nothing more is known about the plot.
Showtime will be the studio behind the show, and Deadline reports Annapurna TV is in negotiations to be a producer.
Strouse & Williams recently collaborated on Netflix’s The Incredible Jessica James, which followed an aspiring playwright in New York. They had first worked together on People Places Things, where Williams played Regina Hall’s daughter and an aspiring graphic novelist. People Places Things was about a graphic novelist, played by Jermaine Clement, struggling with a divorce and dissatisfaction with his career. Both of Strouse’s projects focus on writers and their struggles balancing life and their passion. These films paint a picture of what we should expect this show to be like.
This is an exciting step forward for Williams who is most known for her work on The Daily Show and her podcast 2 Dope Queens, which will be getting an HBO special.