The Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone-produced single-camera comedy is moving from TV Land — where it aired its first season in March — to Paramount Network. The second 12-episode season of Nobodies is set to air in the spring, becoming the third show that was developed at TV Land to jump to Viacom's forthcoming general entertainment hub Paramount Network.
Nobodies is inspired by the real lives of writers Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf and Rachel Ramras (Adult Swim's Mike Tyson's Mysteries), who watched as their friends from Los Angeles-based improv and sketch comedy troupe The Groundlings went...
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For actors enjoying a regular role on television, recognition in the guest category can be an extra bonus. Oscar nominee and four-time Emmy winner Alfre Woodard made an exciting villain on “Luke Cage,” but still found time to appear in two episodes of “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” both for Netflix. As for finding time to play the two roles, she says the shooting dates were “close enough to be, ‘Yikes,’ but I didn’t have to balance Mariah Dillard’s dastardly deeds and the hyper-vigilant grammarian Aunt Josephine in the same shooting schedule.” She then points to her lengthy theater background, noting: “But we’ve all done repertory!”
But ultimately, actors
Speaking with People recently, McCarthy and Falcone joined Nobodies cast mates Rachel Ramras and Hugh Davidson in reflecting on a memorable moment from their early days in entertainment.
“I remember Ben’s terrible apartment, helping him move into it, these are people you’ve known,” Ramras shared about Falcone’s apartment.
“In my defense, she was not a tremendous amount of help. But her help was sort of like, ‘Eww, I don’t like it here’ and she left,
Before he was one of the stars of “Mad TV” and an accomplished writer/director, Michael McDonald was an improv coach at The Groundlings, where his students included Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone. That’s where those two met, fell in love and eventually got married.
Now, 20 years later, they’re executive producing the new TV Land sitcom “Nobodies,” created by and starring their fellow Groundlings pals Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf and Rachel Ramras. And McDonald, once their teacher, is now their showrunner.
It’s a common refrain in the world of comedy: Everyone starts off toiling away on stages like The Groundlings. Eventually, some become superstars. But what about the just as talented folks who don’t become superstars? “Nobodies” follows Davidson, Dorf and
Melissa McCarthy is not the star of “Nobodies,” but she does appear in a trailer for the upcoming TV Land series. The comedy centers on characters played by significantly less famous actors—ones whose faces you probably aren’t familiar with, never mind know their names — and that’s part of the joke.
The show’s creators are its stars. Rachel Ramras, Hugh Davidson, and Larry Dorf play actors and comedians who are “still waiting for their big break, struggling to make a name for themselves in Hollywood while their friends achieve fame and fortune,” the show’s official synopsis reads. “They’re the Nobodies.”
The trailer kicks off with the three nobodies in a pitch meeting that isn’t going anywhere — until they mention that Melissa McCarthy wants a role in the project, which is a total lie. The trio know Melissa from back in her improv days with the Groundlings, but they certainly aren’t collaborating on anything with her. The spot reveals that they do eventually score a meeting with the Oscar-nominated actress, and it doesn’t go very well. “God, you’ve got a dumb face,” Melissa tells Rachel before insisting that her former comedy buddies are indeed “nobodies.”
“Nobodies” premieres March 29. Check out the star-studded trailer with cameos by Kristen Bell, Maya Rudolph, and Allison Janney. McCarthy is among the series’ executive producers.
Trailer Watch: Melissa McCarthy’s Old Friends Lie for a Job in TV Land’s “Nobodies” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
The series revolves around the three trying to sell a movie script, absurdly titled “Mr. First Lady,” by attaching their real-life friend-turned-success, Melissa McCarthy, to the project. This involves some less-than-comfortable wrangling of the complex and very Hollywood variations of friendship, in which our self-absorbed trio tries hard to finesse
The TV Land original series written and produced by Groundlings graduates Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf, and Rachel Ramras focuses on three writer-producers who graduated from the Groundlings improv school years ago and are now trying to pitch a movie. Yes, there’s a heavy dose of meta comedy here, as the titular “nobodies” try to become “somebodies” by piggy-backing off of name brand talent:
Hugh, Larry and Rachel are three actor/comedians still waiting for their big break, struggling to make a name for themselves in Hollywood while their friends achieve fame and fortune. They’re the Nobodies.
Nobodies is set to premiere on March 29th on TV Land.
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Saturday, March 11
“American Gods” — 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Vimeo Theater in the Convention Center
After the world premiere screening of Starz’s television adaptation of author Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods,” Bryan Fuller and Michael Green will join cast members Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning
This represents the fourth year that SXSW has recognized television, and in 2017 the Episodic category has increased from five to six picks: Besides the previously announced “American Gods,” adapted by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green from Neil Gaiman’s book, SXSW will screen Justin Simien’s “Dear White People,” the Netflix series based on Simien’s 2014 feature film. Showtime’s “I’m Dying Up Here” (executive produced by Jim Carrey), TV Land’s “Nobodies” (executive produced by Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone) and AMC’s “The Son” (starring Pierce Brosnan) will also make their premieres in Austin.
Also set to be screened at this year’s event: Rachael Holder’s “I Love Bekka & Lucy.”At past SXSW fests, the Episodic category has only selected shows from established networks.
Hugh Davidson (Robot Chicken), Larry Dorf (Mike Tyson Mysteries) and Rachel Ramras (The Looney Tunes Show) write and star in the series as three comedians determined to get their famous friend (McCarthy) attached to a feature script they have developed so that they, too, can rise to fame. McCarthy and her husband, Ben Falcone, serve as executive producers on the show alongside MADtv veteran Michael McDonald, who serves as showrunner. McCarthy and Falcone also make onscreen appearances.
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The series very loosely mirrors their real lives as McCarthy and Falcone became friends with Davidson, Dorf, Ramras and McDonald at The Groundlings sketch and improvisation comedy theatre and school in Los Angeles
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