‘People in New Jersey’: Topher Grace and Sarah Silverman Topline Lorne Michaels’ HBO Comedy
HBO comedies tend to vary in quality, with recent offerings like ‘Hello Ladies‘ coming nowhere near the success of ‘Veep‘ or ‘Girls,’ but the latest might just turn a few heads. Former ‘That ’70s Show’ star Topher Grace and comedian Sarah Silverman have been chosen to lead ‘SNL‘ creator Lorne Michaels’ new HBO venture, ‘People in New Jersey,’ but what’s it all about?
Via Deadline, ‘People in New Jersey’ is described as a hilarious, poignant look at life today as seen through the prism of an adult brother and sister living in New Jersey. Carl Levin (Grace) is an affable locksmith who has a definite idea of how things and people should be and when the world doesn’t conform to his vision, he resists mightily. His sister Melanie (Silverman) is a former management consultant and a closet optimist who now works part-time at a department store.
Also cast on the series is Broadway icon and upcoming ‘American Horror Story: Coven‘ guest Patti LuPone, playing the siblings’ opinionated widowed mother, Rachel, who focuses a lot of her energy on worrying about her children and why neither has settled down in a relationship.
Executive produced by Lorne Michaels, the new half-hour comedy’s pilot will be written by Bruce Eric Kaplan and directed by Paul Feig. What do you think? Does HBO have another comedy hit on their hands courtesy of Topher Grace and Sarah Silverman?