ABC Signature and Hello Sunshine are currently developing a brand new series, “Tiny Beautiful Things”, which is based on Cheryl Strayed’s New York Times bestseller. The new series is going to star Kathryn Hahn, Quentin Plair, Sarah Pidgeon and Tanzyn Crawford.
“Tiny Beautiful Things” is a half-hour series about a woman who reluctantly becomes Dear Sugar — an anonymous, revered advice columnist — when her own life is falling apart. Told in multiple timelines with astonishing intimacy, nerve and candor, she excavates the beauty, struggle and humor in her own life to show us that we are not beyond rescue, that it’s our stories that will ultimately save us.
According to Deadline, Merritt Wever, Michaela Watkins, and Owen Painter have joined the cast of the upcoming series.
Merritt Wever will be playing the role of Frankie, the resilient and resourceful single mother of Young Clare and Young Lucas (portrayed by Sarah Pidgeon and Painter, respectively), whose belief in abundance over scarcity, and putting oneself in the way of beauty, transforms her children’s life of poverty and becomes a touchstone for Clare (Hahn) as she takes up the mantel of the anonymous, revered advice columnist, Sugar, in the present. Merritt Wever has previously starred in “Birdman”, Netflix’s “Unbelievable” and “Godless”.
Michaela Watkins will be portraying a character called Amy, who is an emerging novelist and the decades-long best friend of Clare, whose decision to remain childless and pursue an artistic career has been shaped by a mother loss of her own — though a different kind than Clare’s. And while their friendship is very real, each serves as an in-her-face reminder of the lives they could have had, had they chosen different paths. Michaela has previously starred in “The Dropout” and “Casual”.
Owen Painter will be playing Young Lucas, the younger brother of Clare, whose life veers unexpectedly off-course after the devastating death of their mother, Frankie. Owen has previously appeared in Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”.
The series will be written by Liz Tigelaar, who will be the showrunner on the series, in addition to being an executive producer with Laura Dern and Reese Witherspoon. Lauren Neustadter is also an executive producer for Hello Sunshine, while Jayme Lemons will be executive produce under their Jaywalker Pictures banner. Stacey Silverman will executive produce for Tigelaar’s Best Day Ever, which has an overall deal with ABC Signature. Rachel Lee Goldenberg will be directing the first two episodes.
Hulu has ordered the series, so expect to see this series released as a Star Original on Star+ in Latin America and on Disney+ internationally.
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