EXCLUSIVE: Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions has set comedy Unf$?%ables (working title) at Hulu for development.
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Co-written by Jeremy Hsu (Jimmy Kimmel Live) loosely inspired by his own experiences, Unf$?%ables is set in the world of dating.
There’s the dating pool, and there’s the bottom of it…meet two best friends who, against their wishes, live there full time…an Asian American male and an African American female, best friends, who are determined to no longer be deemed ‘unf***able’
Hsu co-executive produces. John Strauss (David Makes Man) is co-writing with Hsu and serves as executive producer and showrunner. Davis, Tennon and Andrew Wang executive produce for JuVee Prods. ABC Signature is the studio.
“We are really excited for this show. Jeremy Hsu and John Struss have created a show that at its core is truthful, funny, charming, and heartfelt, a perfect fit for JuVee as we expand our comedy brand featuring people of color,” said Davis and Tennon.
Added Wang, JuVee’s Head of TV Development and Production, “At JuVee Productions, we aspire to bring diverse voices and stories to the screen in a way that is fresh, compelling, and always entertaining. Jeremy and John’s honest and funny take on modern dating is a natural fit, and we’re thrilled to be working with ABC Signature to bring this story to the screen.”
Unf$?%ables stems from the overall deal JuVee had with ABC Signature. Under that pact, JuVee also developed comedy Black Don’t Crack, which recently received a pilot order at ABC.
Written by Regina Hicks, Black Don’t Crack revolves around three sorority sisters (Sherri Shepherd, Essence Atkins, Tisha Campbell) who lost touch after college and reunite at a pivotal moment in their lives.
“We created JuVee to facilitate the stories of the voiceless and underserved,” Davis and Tennon said. “Regina Hicks’s Black Don’t Crack beautifully fits into our mission. It is a powder keg of talent, humor, sisterhood, and surprising poignancy. We believe when the right material meets the right talent, right time, and studio, you have won gold. We are grateful for ABC Signature in their constant support for both these shows that really speak to the heart of who JuVee is.”
Founded in 2011 by Viola Davis and Julius Tennon, JuVee Prods. currently has a first-look film and TV deal with Amazon Studios. Juvee’s award-winning documentary Giving Voice recently premiered on Netflix. JuVee serves as executive producer on Showtime’s The First Lady. Viola Davis stars as Michelle Obama in the anthology series, which is currently in production. JuVee is repped by CAA, the Lasher Group, and attorney James M. Feldman of Lichter Grossman Nichols.
Strauss executive produces Peabody Award-winning series David Makes Man, which airs on OWN and streams on HBO Max. He previously worked on Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle.
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