Netflix is getting a golden touch from Kristen Bell again. With Veronica Mars and The Good Place (and, perhaps to a lesser extent, her previous Netflix production, The Woman In The House Across The Street From The Girl In The Window), Bell is undeniably a star of the small screen. She has now agreed to join Steve Levitan’s untitled new sitcom for the streaming service.
An “unlikely relationship between an irreverent, outspoken, agnostic woman (Bell) and an unconventional rabbi” is the focus of the show, which was previously known as Shiksa. It is “loosely based” on the life of the creator, Erin Foster, who will also serve as an executive producer with her sister Sara Foster. David Foster, a Grammy-winning musician and producer, is the father of the Foster children. According to Deadline, Erin Foster wrote, starred in, and produced the 2018 FOX pilot Daddy Issues with Don Johnson as co-star. The reality show parody Barely Famous, which the sisters co-created, executive produced, and starred in, aired on VH1.
“Erin has a ton of bad qualities, but writing is not one of them,” Sara joked on her Instagram page after the series announcement. “This has been 3 years in the making and I’m in awe of how good this show is.”
The new show comes from 20th Television, where the Fosters have a POD deal and Levitan has an overall deal. The Writers’ Guild says that PODs, also known as “production overall deals,” are made between a studio and a production company rather than between a studio and a writer.) The disastrous Reboot, which aired for one season on Hulu, was Levitan’s previous production for the studio. According to Deadline, Netflix’s CEO Bob Iger is reportedly interested in “exploring licensing more film and TV content to rivals.” As a result, this is likely the company’s first 20th television show since the company was acquired by Disney. Just be careful not to end up in a situation like Yellowstone!)