Sarah Cooper’s book illustrates how women can achieve their dreams, succeed in their careers and become leaders, without harming the fragile male ego.
The pilot, as yet untitled, is a single camera comedy, described as a look into three women at different stages in their careers at a male-dominated company, hails from CBS Studios and PatMa Productions. Co-written by Cooper and Chupack and directed by Amy York Rubin.
The cast includes Natalie Morales (“The Little Things”), Amy Landecker (“Transparent”) and Alice Lee (“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist
Morales is cast as Joanna, a conflict-averse, people-pleasing middle manager at small tech firm Lucent Muse. New hire Elyse (Lee) challenges her “go along to get along” career philosophy. She lives with her boyfriend of two years — a sweet, loyal guy who might be too sweet and loyal for her. In addition to starring,
Lee will play the role of Elyse, who is thrilled to be at Lucent Muse and to share all of her ideas. However, her inability to bite her tongue and just be an observer gets her into trouble with the boys’ club at work, led by a trio of men called The Bryans.
Landecker will play Dale, the only woman on Lucent Muse’s leadership team. She lives by the philosophy “what would Sheryl Sandberg do” and believes that the way to get ahead in a male-dominated workplace is to work twice as hard and be one of the boys. As the main breadwinner in her marriage, she spends much of her time as many successful women do, in couple’s therapy.
Chupack, who serves as showrunner, executive produces with Cooper, as well as Nina Tassler, Denise Di Novi. Morales will also serve as a producer.