Judy Greer (Reboot) has joined the cast as a series regular in ABC’s new “Drop Off” (working title) pilot. The series is based on BBC’s hit parenting comedy “Motherland.” Greer will star opposite Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt).
In “Drop Off,” Julia (Ellie Kemper) is a working mom for whom nothing is working so she goes looking for her village. With the help of new friends Calvin and Liz, Julia discovers she just might succeed at balancing work and parenting from time to time. This is a comedy for anybody who’s dropped their kids at school, breathed a sigh of relief…then realized it’s Sunday.
Karan Soni (Deadpool franchise) will also reportedly play a lead in the project.
According to Variety, Greer will play Amanda, the hyper-confident, uber-organized, mom who seemingly has it all together and runs the inner circle at Julia’s kids’ school. She’s an expert at the art of a compliment that’s actually an insult. Amanda, who usually arranges babysitting swaps with the moms during school vacations, arranges a swap with Julia, who agrees to watch her kids while Amanda prepares for one of her famous dinner parties…which ends in disaster for Julia.
Michael Showalter (The Big Sick) serves as an executive producer and director. Julieanne Smolinski is attached to write and executive produce.
Kemper executive produces alongside Sharon Horgan, Clelia Mountford, Stacy Greenberg, Kira Carstensen for Merman Television. Paul Feig, Dan Magnante through Feigco Entertainment. Holly Walsh and Helen Serafinowicz also executive produce.
Lionsgate and ABC Signature are the studios.
The show first premiered on BBC Two in 2016 and has grown into one of the U.K.’s most successful contemporary comedies. Season 3 aired in 2021, and a Christmas special went out in December. The show also won the BAFTA for best scripted comedy in 2022.