Disney’s Onyx Collective has announced at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour event that it has picked up the pilot of “1266” (working title), which is a new scripted comedy from 20th Television.
The comedy will tell the story of Gabby Brixton (played by Gabourey Sidibe), who’s life is aimless ― she’s living with her mom and making half-hearted attempts to become a singer/model and overnight millionaire. When she’s fired from her job … yet again … she stumbles upon the gig of a lifetime ― phone sex! What initially seems like a quick way to make money turns into a life-changing experience when she meets the women who become her chosen family and learns how powerful, profitable and prolific her voice can be. The series is inspired by the true-life story of Academy Award nominee Gabourey Sidibe.
The pilot is executive produced by Thembi Banks (“YOUNG.WILD.FREE,” “Only Murders in the Building”), Steven Canals (“Pose”), Gabourey Sidibe (“Precious,” “American Horror Story”) and Julie Bean (“grown-ish”), with Jill Kaplan to serve as a non-writing executive producer. Banks and Bean will be co-showrunners. Story by Sidibe and Banks, with Banks writing the teleplay and directing the pilot.
Should this pilot be picked up for a full season, we should expect to see the series released on Hulu in the United States, on Star+ in Latin America and on Disney+ in all other territories.