Amazon picks up Sarah Chalke sitcom pilot
Following news that a Netflix-produced comedy series has started to win awards, Amazon has begun to reveal more of its own scripted materials.
In a press release, Amazon announced that will debut the pilot for Really, a half-hour comedy series, created and written by Jay Chandrasekhar (Super Troopers) and starring Chandrasekhar and Sarah Chalke (Scrubs) as a young couple in suburban Chicago. Really will follow Chalke and Chandrasekhar, and a close-knit group of friends including Selma Blair (Anger Management), Travis Shuldt (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), and Lindsay Sloane (Pysch). The series comes from executive producer Jamie Tarses of Happy Endings, and sounds like an update on the former ABC hangout sitcom—or a take on How I Met Your Mother, if it took place after the mother was met.
Deadline previously reported that Chalke and others were cast in the project in April, though Amazon has waited to confirm reports until now. Presumably that’s because they enjoyed answering calls about whether Really was—guess what adverb goes here—happening.
The ensemble cast seems primed for a low-key sitcom, but Chandrasekhar promises that the show won’t steer away from bigger topics. “We’re going to talk honestly about subjects including sex, alcohol, addiction, drugs, race, and politics. Good fun,” he said in the release.
The pilot will air alongside previously announced pilots The Cosmopolitans and Hand of God on Amazon’s instant video service later this year.