Melissa McCarthy could be adding another television show to her resume. The Mike & Molly actress and her husband, Ben Falcone, have closed a pilot script deal with TV Land for a new show called Friends with Melissa, the network announced Monday.
The show will be inspired by the real lives of Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf and Rachel Ramras - alums of the Los Angeles comedy troupe the Groundlings - watching their friends go on to star in hit comedies and win Oscars. Melissa McCarthy will appear in the pilot.
"We are continuing to build our stable of innovative, engaging and challenging comedies, which is exactly what Melissa, Ben and these writers have brought us," said Keith Cox, executive vice president of development and original programming for TV Land, in a statement. "With this script being from a group of alums from the Groundlings, we're excited to know they'll have an endless amount of creativity and interesting experiences to pull from."
"We are so excited to be working with Hugh, Rachel & Larry - such funny people, who are great friends. TV Land is a great place for this show," added McCarthy and Falcone.
Falcone has appeared in most of McCarthy's films, and made his own directorial debut with her 2014 movie Tammy. The two are currently working on a new movie, Michelle Darnell and will executive-produce the TV Land show together, along with Davidson, Dorf and Ramras.
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