Hamilton actor/rapper, Daveed Diggs, is definitely winning in 2017 and the year has just begun!
Besides being on the aforementioned hit Broadway play, he also has a recurring roles on ABC’s black-ish as Rainbow Johnson’s (Tracee Ellis Ross) brother, Yohan, and Netflix’s The Get Down. Well ABC just cannot seem to get enough for Daveed and have ordered a comedy pilot from him!
The untitled mayor comedy centers on an outspoken, idealistic rapper who runs for office as a publicity stunt and when he actually gets elected, he surprises everyone (including himself) when he has a knack for the job and slowly transforms City Hall. The project landed at ABC in October with a sizable cast-contingent pilot production commitment. The network, sources say, is near a deal for a young newcomer to star.
Jeremy Bronson (Speechless, Grandfathered, The Mindy Project, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon) will pen the script and exec produce alongside rapper-actor Diggs, who is not expected to have an onscreen role. Jamie Tarses, Scott Stuber, Dylan Clark and James Griffiths also will exec produce, with the latter also on board to direct the pilot. The comedy hails from ABC Studios, where Bronson as well as Tarses, Stuber and Clark’s Bluegrass FanFare are under overall deals.
This pilot seems like it well definitely be speaking to our current situation with Donald Trump! Daveed is an amazing actor and rapper and we are so glad to see him getting the recognition he deserves. Let’s hope ABC picks up the series and it becomes the next big hit from the network, after all black-ish could use some company on the network after Mike Epps’ failed attempt with Uncle Buck! What do you guys think? Will you be watching Daveed’s comedy series if it is picked up? Sound off below!
Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning