You gotta be joking: NBC developing a comedy based on Wendy Davis’ life

wendydavisJust when you thought Wendy Davis was gone for good, she turns up again like a bad penny.

According to The Dallas Morning News, NBC has announced that they are developing a pilot for a new comedy loosely based on Davis’ life. It is about a state senator who goes to work for a law firm after losing a run over governor. Davis will serve as executive producer.

The former Texas state senator became a liberal icon and a media darling when she fought against a bill banning late term abortions. She parlayed that notoriety into a run for Texas governor, where her political ambitions were aborted by Greg Abbott, who defeated her soundly in the 2014 election. And yet, liberal Hollywood is still trying to find a way to keep her relevant.

“It is loosely based on my personal experience,” Davis said of the potential TV show. “It is not an autobiographical tale.” Let’s hope not. Otherwise, her character will be shown as a bad single mother who marries a rich guy who puts her through college, only to file for divorce from him the day after he pays off her student loans. Her character will also be caught lying about her life story in order to win votes.

Although NBC has picked up the rights to the show, having the series go to television is not a sure thing. The pilot is still in development and NBC was a “long way” from a decision about the series, Davis said. The actress who will portray Davis’ character has not yet been cast.


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