MTV's Latest Pilot Order: a Dark Rape Revenge Comedy & 2 Shows from Nicole Byer


In a push to create more female-focused content, MTV has ordered four new pilots, all led and created (at least in part) by women. The always delightful Nicole Byer, cast member of MTV’s Girl Code and the star and co-writer (alongside Saturday Night Live’s Sasheer Zamata) of the UCB’s perfect “Be Blacker” sketch, has two shows coming down the pipeline—a Girl Code spin-off called Ladylike and a sitcom that’s still untitled.

Ladylike, according to Deadline, is a prank show featuring many Girl Code cast members “as they redefine what it means to be ‘Ladylike.’” (Like Girls Behaving Badly, but for the Snapchat generation!) While Byer’s sitcom doesn’t have a name yet, the plot details are in and, unsurprisingly, it sounds utterly charming:

Nicole Byer portrays a young adult who is forced to move in with her sister and four kids in the suburbs after causing a fire in her New York City apartment. Aunt Nicole will offer her own brand of advice to her sister’s kids while trying to get her life back on track.

The other two pilot orders include a sitcom (written and produced by Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont) about two female L.A. weed dealers who are “desperate to succeed, find a little romance, and keep their clients happy and high” and, most intriguingly, a new series called Little Darlings, which Deadline describes thusly:

Created by Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, Little Darlings is a dark half-hour comedy about two very unlikely friends taking justice into their own hands and kicking literal ass on their college campus. Jules comes off as the perfect sorority dream girl, but little do her red-cup-toting sisters know, she’s got a completely different agenda come nightfall. Ophelia, your everyday stoner-hacker-hellion, has officially run out of effs to give, and when she discovers Jules may be the masked vigilante exacting justice on campus her interest in college life is re-energized. Stacey Sher will serve as executive producer and Robinson will co-executive-produce and wrote the pilot.

Deadline’s description of Little Darlings seems fairly watered-down compared to the one featured on Season Zero:

The Little Darlings project from Jennifer Kaytin Robinson is a music fueled comedy centering on two girls on a campus, Ophelia & Jules, one of them being… a masked vigilante, whose pathes cross when they not so accidentally kill a rapist together. It delves into the world of fraternities and sororities with dark humor.

Here is the official logline (also courtesy of Season Zero):

College student Ophelia is an edgy, hip young trouble magnet: she works in a vintage record store, sells weed on the side, and is on a first-name basis with Campus Security. Jules is a sweet, small town girl and a member of one of the best sororities on campus, but she has a secret identity as a masked superheroine who dishes out rough justice to those getting away with sexual assault and bullying on campus. When Ophelia learns all about Jules and her clandestine operation, she insists on playing Batgirl to- well, to Batgirl!

What a great time to be young, female, and super into both revenge and weed.

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