The potential reboot of classic syndicated comedy “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman” from Sony Pictures TV, which originally aired from 1976 to 1976, has landed in script development at TBS. The proposed new version will feature Emily Hampshire (“Schitt’s Creek”) in the title role, along with Jacob Tierney (“Letterkenny”). Hampshire was also executive produce.
“The kick of kicks as I turn 99 today is learning that TBS is developing ‘Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman’ and will allow us to make a new version of it starring Emily Hampshire,” Lear said in a statement yesterday. “As someone who believes his 99 years on this planet is owed to the amount of laughter he enjoyed through the years, here’s to the next 99. Bless you all!”
The original “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman” was a satire of soap operas and earned a cult-like following for its take on the genre and on American media and consumer culture. It starred Louise Lasser, who earned an Emmy nomination as Mary Hartman, a small-town Ohio housewife who reacted to the bizarre goings on all around her. The cast also included Greg Mullavey, Dody Goodman, Norman Alden and Mary Kay Place, and it was retitled “Forever Fernwood” after Lasser prematurely exited.
For the update, the logline notes that the new “‘Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman’ is about a small-town woman who feels like a nobody in every aspect of her life until she suddenly becomes a “verified” social media somebody after her nervous breakdown goes viral.”