There will be less of Jess on Season 2 of FX’s Married. I have learned that co-star Jenny Slate is switching from a regular to recurring role on the comedy series and is expected to appear in four of the 10 episodes of Season 2. I hear that is because the Saturday Night Live alumna is being eyed by FX to topline her own pilot.
Details about the potential pilot are sketchy, but I’ve learned it is being written by two of the co-writers behind the 2014 Sundance comedy Obvious Child starring Slate: Gillian Robespierre, who also directed the film, and Elisabeth Holm. The three loved their collaboration on Obvious Child, which started out as a short in 2009, and have remained friends. A24’s John Hodges and Ravi Nandan executive produce.
Meanwhile, Married is bringing in Sarah Burns (Enlightened) as a new regular. She will play a new character, Abby, a quirky single mother whose desperate need for approval is always getting her into trouble.
Created by Andrew Gurland, Married is about being miserably in love. Russ (Nat Faxon) and Lina Bowman (Judy Greer) can barely remember what life was like before kids, debt, and suburbia rained on their romance. Also featured are Russ and Lina’s friend AJ (Brett Gelman), who is recently divorced and pretending he’s over his wife, and their other friend Jess (Slate), who is married to a much older man who can’t keep up with her. Gurland executive produces the series with Peter Principato and Paul Young.
I hear the producers were supportive of Slate and let her out when the opportunity for her to topline her own series arose.
Slate, repped by WME and 3 Arts, recently has recurred on Kroll Show, Parks And Recreation and House Of Lies. Burns, Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm are all with UTA.