This is really shaping up to be Tig Notaro’s year. After a 2012 cancer diagnosis, and a legendary stand-up set that announced said diagnosis, she recovered and rose to become one of the most visible stand-ups in the world, and now all her hard work is paying off. This month Netflix released a documentary about her, an HBO special is coming next month, and now she’s well on her way to getting her own series.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amazon has just ordered a pilot for a new semi-autobiographical series starring Notaro, co-written by Notaro and Diablo Cody (Juno), and executive produced by Notaro, Cody, and fellow comedy titan Louis C.K. The series doesn’t have a name yet, but according to the synopsis it will stick rather closely to the struggles in Notaro’s life around the time of her cancer diagnosis.
“Tig Notaro has just recovered from an abdominal disease that has left her gaunt, wasted, exhausted and pretty much stripped of everything except her finely honed sense of the absurd. Abruptly summoned home to Pass Christian, Miss., to take her ailing mother off life support, Tig finds herself dealing with her clingy girlfriend, her dysfunctional Gulf Coast family and the loss of the one person who held everything together.”
Notaro’s definitely earned this shot, and she’s proved adept at playing characters who are more-or-less herself in The Sarah Silverman Program, Inside Amy Schumer, and In a World. If she sticks the landing on this, we could have the next great comedy series on our hands.
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