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Netflix Orders Michelle Buteau’s Scripted Comedy ‘Survival of the Thickest’

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\Netflix today greenlit eight episodes of “Survival of the Thickest”, a scripted comedy starring Michelle Buteau, based on her  book of essays. The logline: “Survival of the Thickest” centers on Mavis Beaumont (Buteau). Black, plus-size and newly single, Mavis Beaumont unexpectedly finds herself having to rebuild her life after putting all her eggs in one man’s basket, but she’s determined to not only survive but thrive with the support of her chosen family, a positive attitude, and a cute v-neck with some lip gloss.

The series is created by Buteau and Danielle Sanchez-Witzel and will be executive produced by Ravi Nandan and Alli Reich from A24. Sanchez-Witzel is also the showrunner for the series, following the recent announcement of her overall deal with Netflix that also includes show development.

“It’s been so damn amazing finding a home with Netflix,” said Buteau. “To say I’m excited to continue my relationship with them is an understatement. I’m over the moon and I’m under it! Danielle has been a dream partner and I can’t wait to share what we’ve been cooking up.”

“Survival of the Thickest” continues Netflix’s relationship with Buteau, who also has her own Netflix stand-up special, “Michelle Buteau: Welcome to Buteaupia”; competition series “The Circle”; narrates upcoming docuseries “The Principles of Pleasure”; is set to host the second season of “Barbecue Showdown”; and starred in the feature film “Always Be My Maybe” and the series “Tales of the City.”