Jenny Slate Reteams wth ‘Obvious Child’ Writer & Director for FX Comedy Series

By April 27, 2015

The team behind the Sundance selected indie comedy gem Obvious Child is getting back together, this time on television.

If you haven’t taken the time to watch the 2014 Sundance Film Festival selection Obvious Child, you’re missing out on a truly wonderful, charming, unconventional romantic comedy starring “Saturday Night Live” alum and “The Kroll Show” regular Jenny Slate, directed by Gillian Robespierre (both seen above), from a script she co-wrote with Elisabeth Holm. But thankfully, they’re all working on something new for audiences to enjoy.

Deadline reports Robespierre and Holm have written a new untitled comedy pilot that FX has just picked up. Slate will star in the series along with The Sitter and For a Good Time Call… star Ari Graynor (below), fresh off the short-lived “Bad Teacher” series on CBS. Robespierre will again direct, and she’ll also executive produce the series with Holm and Slate as well as Ravi Nandan and John Hodges of A24 Films.

Ari Graynor

The series is described as focusing on the adult female friendship of two creative partners — Lou (Slate) and Viv (Graynor) — as they embark on a cross-country road trip. Here’s the official synopsis:

“Gutsy born and raised New Yorkers, Lou and Viv discover each other in their 30s, make a movie together, and jump into the great unknown of their next project. Lou and Viv find strength and vulnerability in each other, learning how to have a fight and somehow still get back in the car. It’s like Thelma and Louise — but nobody dies.”

This sounds like a refreshing comedy series, especially with two great comedic actresses like Slate and Graynor in the lead roles. And if you’ve seen Obvious Child, you know what great things these ladies have done before. The film resulted in National Board of Review USA Award for Best Directorial Debut, the Red Crown Producer’s Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, and also the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Movie for Jenny Slate. So yeah, they  know what they’re doing.

It sounds like this is being developing for the fall on FX, but we’ll see how things play out. And if you haven’t watched Obvious Child yet, it’s streaming for free on Amazon Prime Instant Video right now.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.
  • lily

    I have not seen Obvious Child but from reading what you have said about it I have now saved it in my “Movies to watch” list, and i’m very much looking forward to this new series! It sounds like it’s got a great story line and some brilliant actresses, hopefully we’ll see some amazing scenery along the way! 🙂