EXCLUSIVE: HBO has given the green light to Spring/Fall, a half-hour comedy pilot staring Tea Leoni. The project is set in New York City against the backdrop of the fashion world and stars Leoni as half of a dysfunctional partnership between two women with different approaches to career, family and friendship. Kate Robin, who was a writer-producer on HBO’s Six Feet Under, wrote the script. She and Leoni are executive producing with documentary filmmaker R.J. Cutler, who explored the NY fashion scene with last year’s documentary The September Issue. Leoni’s manager, Jimmy Miller, also executive produces the project, which had been in the works at HBO for a while. The pilot is slated to shoot in June.
With the exception of a guest spot on her husband David Duchovny’s Fox drama The X-Files in 2000, Leoni, repped by UTA and Mosaic, has not done television since the end of her NBC comedy series The Naked Truth in 1998. Spring/Fall joins another female-centered HBO comedy pilot recently greenlighted by HBO, Armando Iannucci’s Veep, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a female U.S. Vice President. Also recently picked up to pilot at HBO are Aaron Sorkin’s cable news show drama starring Jeff Daniels and Doug Ellin’s comedy 40 toplined by Ed Burns. Leoni and Robin are with UTA.