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Nia Vardalos to Headline and Co-Write ‘Suburbs Famous’ Dramedy for Bravo

Project Inspired by the Chewbacca Mom

Nia Vardalos will headline a proposed dramedy at Bravo tentatively called “Suburbs Famous.” Co-written by Vardalos and former “Raising Hope” showrunner Mike Mariano, “Suburbs Famous” explores what happens after a suburban housewife (Vardalos) accidentally becomes famous in a viral video. Thrust into the cutthroat world of celebrity chefs, the newly divorced mom must navigate between the intense public scrutiny which could destroy her and the investors who want to make her a star… all while realizing she suddenly has the one thing everyone wants: power.

Vardalos will reportedly “mine some of her own experiences of becoming an overnight sensation” after the release of theatrical “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” in 2002, as well as the time she crossed paths with the Chewbacca Mom, who rose to overnight fame after donning a Chewbacca mask in a Kohl’s parking lot 
 
ITV Studios America is co-producing with Universal Cable Prods. Vardalos, Mariano and Krantz executive produce with Untitled Entertainment’s Jennifer Levine and Stephanie Simon. Flame Ventures’ John–Eric Capps is a co-executive producer.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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