'Office' favorite to star in NBC comedy pilot
An Office fan favorite is getting her own show.
Ellie Kemper has signed for the lead role in the NBC comedy pilot Brenda Forever. The flashback-filled pitch: “Stories from Brenda Miller’s past and present are interwoven to give a unique portrait of how a chubby, awkward, but incredibly confident 13-year-old grew up to be a 31-year-old woman who still marches to the beat of her own drum.”
The actress-comedian seemed destined to land a starring gig following The Office, which concludes this season. In the past couple years Kemper has landed supporting roles in the hit big-screen comedies Bridesmaids and 21 Jump Street. Brenda Forever is written by David Lampson and Andrew Leeds, who will also executive-produce with Rescue Me‘s Peter Tolan and Michael Wimer.