I’ve been happy to see Holly Hunter showing up on TV more often. Most recently, she played out an arc on “Succession” as the sucker who got chewed up and spit out by the Roy family. She didn’t have much luck as the star of HBO’s short-lived “Here and Now,” but perhaps she’ll fare better in the upcoming miniseries based on James Comey’s book “A Higher Loyalty,” in which she’ll play Sally Yates.
But her latest project is most exciting of all, as she has just been cast in what pretty much has to be a good comedy, since it will be the latest from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. It’s still untitled, it will be on NBC, and it’s about a cynical wealthy businessman — played by “The Good Place” star Ted Danson — who runs for mayor of Los Angeles and wins. Hunter will play a liberal councilwoman who isn’t fond of him, and Bobby Moynihan from “Saturday Night Live” will play the new mayor’s director of communications.
So the team behind “30 Rock” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” are heading into political humor, which was all over “30 Rock.” Originally, the new comedy was envisioned as a spinoff of “30 Rock” featuring Alec Baldwin and his character Jack Donaghy. I’m glad they let go of that plan for something fresh. The new series will come to the air in the 2020-21 season.