Greenlit: Netflix Comedy Series Unites Amy Poehler, Natasha Lyonne + Leslye Headland

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A trio of funny women is coming together to bring their talents to Netflix. Female driven comedy writer Leslye Headland is joining forces with Amy Poehler and Natasha Lyonne for an eight episode series that will combine each of their unique comedic sensibilities.

The series, which is currently an untitled project from Universal Television, will star Lyonne in her second Netflix original series (she will also executive produce with Headland and Poehler). The story follows Nadia, played by Lyonne, a young woman in New York City, as she is the guest of honor at a party she can’t seem to escape. Cindy Holland, vice president of original content for Netflix, said the three women, “Are creating an ambitious and uniquely formatted comedy that will have viewers guessing as much as they will be laughing.”

Headland will write the first episode, and Lyonne will co-write the remainder of the series with her. No other stars have been announced as of now, but Headland has worked with casting director Jennifer Euston in the past on two of her female centric indie comedies “Sleeping with Other People,” and “Bachelorette.” Euston is known for casting projects with a similar comedic tone like “Girls,” “GLOW,” and Lyonne-starrer, “Orange is the New Black.”

There’s no indication how big a supporting cast for the show could be, but as pre-production gears up, look out for casting opportunities. New York–area actors in particular should keep an eye out, as there’s a strong possibility the series might film in NYC.

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Elyse Roth
Elyse is a senior editor at Backstage, where she oversees all casting news and features content, including her weekly casting director Q&A series, In the Room. She came to New York from Ohio by way of Northwestern University, where she studied journalism, and now lives in Brooklyn. She might see and write about awards-worthy films, but Elyse still thinks “Legally Blonde” is a perfect movie and on any given night is probably taking in some kind of entertainment, whether it’s comedy, theater, ballet, or figuring out what show to binge next.
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