Amy Poehler to Make More Comedy Magic After ‘Parks and Rec’
Hulu is bulking up on its original content with a little help from Amy Poehler. The streaming service just announced that it’s issued a straight-to-series order for Difficult People, a new comedy produced by the Parks and Rec star.
Hailing from Universal Cable Productions, the show will star Emmy-nominated host of Billy on the Street Billy Eichner and Billy on the Street‘s head writer Julie Klausner. In a plot semi-reminiscent of Will & Grace, the duo will play a pair of best friends living in New York City, whose “irreverent behavior lands them in some very awkward situations.” Per Entertainment Weekly, Klausner wrote the pilot and will co-produce with Poehler and Louie’s Dave Becky.
“Amy Poehler, Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner are a dream team of comedic possibilities. We look forward to bringing this hilarious view of the world to Hulu with our partners at Universal Cable Productions,” said senior vice president and head of content at Hulu, Craig Erwich.
Difficult People only marks the latest collaboration between the trio of stars. Like Kasner, Poehler has also worked with Eichner in the past. Eichner has a recurring role on Parks and Recreation, which he is expected to reprise on the NBC sitcom’s upcoming seventh and final season. Meanwhile, Poehler has previously been a guest on Eichner’s man-on-the-street game show on Fuse (which recently wrapped its third season). “I tend to enjoy funny people creating and starring in comedy programs, and Julie and Billy are the funniest around,” the SNL alum said of the project.
The forthcoming comedy series is only the latest of Poehler’s producing efforts. Poehler has continued to flex her producer muscles in recent days with her work on Parks and Rec, as well as on Comedy Central’s Broad City and NBC’s summer comedy Welcome to Sweden.
Hulu’s pickup of Difficult People comes after the show first went into development at USA Network. The show even filmed a pilot presentation for the channel in May through Universal Cable, but the network recently decided to put more focus on their upcoming drama pilots and shift away from original comedies. Luckily for Eichner and Poehler fans, the developing series found a new home with the streaming service, which has been making a clear effort to step up its original series game as of late.
In addition to marking the first partnership between Hulu and Universal Cable Productions, Difficult People is also the third major original show that the streaming service has given a full series order to in 2014. As the company aims to make itself as big a force in the industry as Netflix, it’s looking to well-known filmmakers and producers to help create notable new content. Also recently added to Hulu’s upcoming slate of original scripted series is 11/22/63, an event series produced by JJ Abrams (Star Trek, Lost) and based on Stephen King’s best-selling book about the JFK assassination. Jason Reitman is also producing a half-hour comedy series for Hulu entitled Casual, which will chronicle a dysfunctional family led by a bachelor brother and a recently divorced sister.
Difficult People is scheduled to begin production next year.