Andrew Rannells has gained a great amount of popularity this past year for headlining the Tony winner for Best Musical and the hottest ticket on Broadway for The Book of Mormon. Though he’s accomplished much in Broadway and doing voice overs, he’s never appeared on-screen in the flesh. Though he’ll make his debut on the buzzed about HBO comedy Girls, it seems his first regular gig could come in the form of a potential new NBC comedy from creator Ryan Murphy.
Deadline reports that Rannells has signed on to be one of the three main leads in the upcoming project that is headed to pilot over at NBC. The untitled series was co-written by Ryan Murphy and Glee writer Allison Adler, while the pilot will be directed by Murphy himself, and both will executive produce. The pilot has not yet been greenlit by NBC, but after a three-network bidding war over the pitch, it’s fully expected to.
The comedy is described as a heartwarming comedy about a blended family of a gay couple and the woman who becomes a surrogate to help them start a family. Obviously, Rannells’ would be one part of the gay couple, while the other two roles have yet to be determined. The project won’t be shot sitcom style, and would be a one-camera comedy. Rannells has signed a holding deal with NBC and 20th Century Fox to star in the comedy.
We’ll keep you updated on whether or not NBC gives the show the go-ahead to pilot, and who else will be cast in the potential new series as pilot season continues.