Netflix’s expansion into original content has seen the streaming giant enter the foray with a number of genres, from family dramas such as Bloodline to horror shows such as Hemlock Grove, and even comedy series such as Grace and Frankie and the revival of the cult hit Arrested Development. Now the service is poised to add anotehr entry into its genre, giving popular standup comedian Maria Bamford a platform in the process, as it has given a 13-episode order to Lady Dynamite, a single-camera show starring Bamford.
Bamford’s television work has been mostly in voiceover roles, with her most prominent onscreen performance coming in the now-cancelled TBS series Benched. Lady Dynamite will be executive produced by Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz, who co-wrote the pilot with Hot Rod and South Park writer Pam Brady. Bamford and Hurwitz previously worked together on Arrested Development. Bamford is also onboard as executive producer, and Brady has been tapped as showrunner. Netflix had this to say about the show.
[The] Series is based on what [Bamford] has accepted to be “her life.” The occasionally surreal episodes, refracted across multiple periods inspired by the actor/comedian’s life, tell the story of a woman who loses – and then finds – her s**t.
The first season will consist of 13 episodes. A premiere date for the show has yet to be announced.