Ms. Pat put Bert Kreischer, Kaley Cuoco and Joel McHale to shame in an episode of Bert’s brand-new Netflix comedy series, The Cabin with Bert Kreischer, and now Ms. Pat will get to shine in her own sitcom!
As reported first by Variety, BET+ has ordered a full 10-episode series from Ms. Pat.
She originally had a pilot order from Hulu, but instead, the multi-cam sitcom based on her life and comedy is heading straight to BET’s subscription streaming platform. In the series, she’ll play a TV version of her own character (an ex-con from the streets of Atlanta, now adjusting to life as a suburban mother) alongside her TV family (J. Bernard Calloway, Tami Roman, Theodore Barnes, Briyana Guadalupe, and Vince Swann).
Ms. Pat sat down with me for my podcast, Last Things First, during the 2016 Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal, where she first shopped her TV pitch and had gotten an offer from FOX.
“We are thrilled to welcome powerhouse creators Lee Daniels, Brian Grazer, and writing phenom Jordan E. Cooper home to the BET family,” said Traci Blackwell, executive vice president of scripted programming for BET. “We look forward to bringing Ms. Pat’s story to life on BET+ and offer viewers more premium content that reflects and celebrates the spectrum of the Black experience and tons of laughs.”
Among the EPs of her sitcom are Lee Daniels and Brian Grazer. Quotes from them…
“This is the type of show I wish I had growing up – raw, funny, and honest,” Daniels said. “Ms. Pat and Jordan Cooper are magic together. We are thrilled that Lee Daniels Entertainment, a division of Disney, and BET are working together for the first time. Historic!”
“I have always been drawn to stories that celebrate universal human themes of family and love Ms. Pat is an authentic, truthful voice that reflects what’s going on in our culture and how it relates to family,” Grazer said. “Because of her fierce authenticity, fans already love her humor and irreverence. She and Jordan E. Cooper have created this family comedy that will reach even more of the world – and we all desperately need to laugh. I am excited to be working again with Lee Daniels and BET+ to bring Ms. Pat’s story to life – showcasing her powerful tale of survival, as she finds humor and love in all things life.”