by Brendan Bettinger, published on March 23, 2011 - 8:15 pm|
HBO has greenlit Spring/Fall, a half-hour comedy pilot led by Tea Leoni. The series is set in the New York fashion world: Leoni plays half of a dysfunctional partnership between two women with different approaches to career, family, and friendship. Kate Robin (Six Feet Under) wrote the script and will produce with Leoni, Jimmy Miller (The Other Guys), and documentary filmmaker R.J. Cutler (The September Issue). Deadline imparts that the pilot will shoot this June.
Leoni will next be seen in Tower Heist, which opens November 8. Hit the jump for a look how this fits into the overall scope of HBOs development.
HBOs current half-hour comedies Entourage, Hung, Eastbound & Down tend to skew male, but the projects in the pipeline suggest intent to program a female-oriented comedy block in the near future. To name a few:
Whether HBO wants to harken back to the Sex and the City salad days or compete with Showtimes femme-friendly comedy lineup, they now have plenty of ammunition. It will be interesting to see which of these make it to air. Tilda seemed like a lock given stars Diane Keaton and Ellen Page. But HBO passed on the series.