Pilot Pirate: “Georgetown” and the untitled Whitney Cummings Project

 
 

Pilot: The untitled Whitney Cummings project (comedy)

Writer: Whitney Cummings

Network: NBC

Logline: Whitney Cummings stars as half of a young couple who tackle the ups and downs of a committed relationship in today’s complicated world.

Cast: Stand-up comic Whitney Cummings, stand-up comic Chris D’Elia, Beverly D’Angelo (Entourage), Zoe Lister-Jones (The Good Wife)

The characters:
Whitney, 28, smart, goofy, free-thinking photographer (Cummings)

Alex Green, 30, grounded, handsome without trying; Whitney’s boyfriend (D’Elia)

Lily, 26, traditional, sweet, upbeat

Neal, 32, sensitive and cool meterosexual; Lily’s boyfriend

Roxanne, 33, tired, blunt, divorcee

Mark, 33, blue-collar cop, the stereotypical single guy who says things like “I’m getting some lady hole tonight.”

Patti, Whitney’s mother

Whitney Cummings

NBC has two of the best comedy pilots this season in Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea and its untitled Whitney Cummings project. While the Handler script will likely bring the busy stand-up coming to the series in a recurring role (as the series’ big sister), comedian Whitney Cummings has written herself as the lead of this pilot.

Vodka, trading in the happily single Chelsea character for Whitney and her boyfriend of five years, Alex (D’Elia). While Alex is the traditional gentleman and would marry Whitney in a heartbeat, Whitney is intensely opposed to marriage after seeing her boozy mother go 0-for-3 at the alter. The humor is easy without being obvious and the dialogue is sharp. Nothing is forced here and Whitney’s friends are well-crafted and fun. Roxanne is divorced and swears she won’t get married again but still believes in the institution. Mark, meanwhile, is a complete and total womanizer who says things like “I’m getting some lady hole tonight” as the group heads to a wedding. But while Mark may be a typical character, the way everyone responds to him is a nice change from the norm.

There may not be any gay characters in the pilot, but Whitney is a strong female character worth rooting for.

Pilot Pirate outlook: Cummings is sure to be one of TV’s fresh faces when this pilot moves forward to series.

Check back next Thursday for the Pilot Pirate preview of Hail Mary, starring Minnie Driver and executive produced by The L Word mastermind Ilene Chaiken.

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