Earlier this year, Disney’s Onyx Collective announced a brand new scripted comedy pilot called “1266”, which is being created by 20th Television.
The series is inspired by the true-life story of Academy Award nominee Gabourey Sidibe, who will be playing the main character, Gabby Brixton, 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.
Deadline has revealed some of the cast for the comedy pilot, which will include Karim Diané (One Of Us Is Lying), Kristin Dodson (Flatbush Misdemeanors) and Kassandra Lee Diaz (You Married Dat.)
In the pilot, Karim Diané will play Posh, who is everyone’s favorite, even if they are constantly trying to figure out if he’s straight or gay. A student at the New York Institute of Fashion, Posh is Gabby’s best friend who doesn’t put up with her B.S. and isn’t afraid to call her out on it. Posh’s brutal honesty is always delivered with love, understanding and some attitude.
While Kristin Dodson will portray Jimmy, the youngest of the phone sex workers at Imagine Inc. She’s flighty, immature, aimless and ready to make lots of mistakes and have lots of fun while doing it.
And Kassandra Lee Diaz will play Fi, an Afro-Latina queer 20-something, who doesn’t suffer fools and loves lavishing designer threads on her girlfriends. Cynical, mysterious and introverted, she’s a quiet yet fiery woman who keeps her cards close to the chest.
The pilot will also star, Anna Maria Horsford (The Wayans Bros.), Tisha Campbell (Act Your Age) and Judy Reyes (Claws), with a plan that these character will recur if the pilot is picked up to series.
The pilot is going to be 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 the pilot be picked up for a full series, expect it to also be released as a Star Original on Disney+ around the world.
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