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Sofia Black-D’Elia to Star in Freeform Pilot ‘Single Drunk Female’

The pilot marks the first order for new network president Tara Duncan.

Freeform is set to explore the life of a Single Drunk Female.

The younger-skewing, Disney-owned cable network has handed out a pilot order for Single Drunk Female and tapped Sofia Black-D’Elia (Showtime’s Your Honor) as its title character.

From corporate sibling 20th Television, the pilot revolves around Samantha Fink, who is forced to move back home with her “smother” to sober up and avoid jail time. But when her childhood BFF reveals surprising news, Samantha realizes she can no longer qualify as a party girl — she’s a walking disaster.

Simone Finch (ABC’s The Connors) will pen the script and exec produce alongside Jenni Konner (HBO’s Camping, Girls) and Phil Traill (NBC’s Good Girls). Leslye Headland (Netflix’s Russian Doll, Disney+’s upcoming Star Wars series) will direct and exec produce the pilot. Single Drunk Female is the first project to come from Konner’s overall deal with the former Fox 21, which was absorbed earlier this month with fellow Disney studio 20th TV.

Single Drunk Female is also the first pilot order to come from Freeform’s newly installed president Tara Duncan since she took over for Tom Ascheim earlier this year.

D’Elia will play Samantha, a writer who must leans on her mom for help. Ally Sheedy (High Art, The Breakfast Club) will play Carol, an overbearing but absent parent who is sick of sending Samantha to rehab. Rebecca Henderson (Russian Doll) will play the lesbian who works as a greeter at AA. Sasha Compere (HBO Max’s Love Life) will play Brit, Samantha’s former BFF. Lily Mae Harrington (Some Freaks) is Felicia, Samantha’s drinking buddy. Garrick Bernard rounds out the cast as James, a drunk who works in the tech industry.

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Michael Stuhlbarg, Sofia Black-D’Elia Join Bryan Cranston Showtime Series

Michael Stuhlbarg and “The Night Of” star Sofia Black-D’Elia are joining Bryan Cranston in the Showtime limited series “Your Honor.”

The 10-episode series is described as a legal thriller that rips through all strata of New Orleans society. Cranston will star as a respected judge whose son is involved in a hit-and-run that leads to a high-stakes game of lies, deceit and impossible choices. Stuhlbarg will play Tommy, the much-feared head of a crime family, and Black-D’Elia will portray Frannie, the girlfriend of Cranston’s son Adam (Hunter Doohan).

The announcement was made by Showtime presidents of entertainment Gary Levine and Jana Winograde at the network’s Television Critics Association’s summer press tour.

Over the last few years, Stuhlbarg has appeared in a string of critically acclaimed features, among them “Call Me By Your Name,” “The Shape of Water,” and “Arrival.” TV-wise, Stuhlbarg’s credits include “Traitors,” “The Looming Tower,” “Fargo” and “Boardwalk Empire.”

Black-D’Elia is best known for starring opposite Riz Ahmed and John Turturro in the miniseries “The Night Of.” Her other series credits include “The Mick,” “Invisible,” “Skins” and “Gossip Girl.”

“Your Honor” is based on the Israeli series “Kvodo,” which was created by Ron Ninio and Shlomo Mashiach, produced by Ram Landes, airs on the country’s Yes TV and is produced by yesStudios.

Peter Moffat will serve as showrunner on “Your Honor” in addition to writing multiple episodes, including the first episode. Robert and Michelle King will also executive produce via their King Size Productions banner along with Liz Glotzer, Alon Aranya and Rob Golenberg of Scripted World, and James Degus. CBS Television Studios, where the Kings are under an overall deal, will produce. The series will go into production in New Orleans later this year.

When announcing the series’ order back in January, Levine described “Your Honor” as an “original thriller with gut-wrenching suspense, raw emotion and moral complexity.”

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