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Vanessa Bayer To Headline & Co-Create Comedy Series In Works At Showtime From Michael Showalter & Annapurna TV

Vanessa Bayer To Headline & Co-Create Comedy Series In Works At Showtime From Michael Showalter & Annapurna TV

Exclusive: Saturday Night Live alumna Vanessa Bayer is set to co-create and star in Big Deal, a single-camera comedy which is in development at Showtime from Annapurna Television, with The Big Sick helmer Michael Showalter attached to direct.

The project, which Bayer will co-create and co-write with former SNL writer Jeremy Beiler, is a comedy in which a woman (Bayer) overcomes childhood leukemia to achieve her lifelong dream of becoming an on-air host at a home shopping network.

Bayer’s character is inspired by the comedy actress’ own personal story as a survivor of childhood leukemia, which she was diagnosed with in her freshman year of high school.

Bayer and Beiler are teaming up for the project after working together at SNL. Their collaborations included nervous Weekend Update meteorologist Dawn Lazarus who became an instant breakout when Bayer introduced her just before her departure NBC’s venerable night sketch comedy program after seven seasons.

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