EXCLUSIVE: FX has teamed with Amy Poehler to bring cult Web series Broad City to television. Poehler will executive produce the TV series adaptation of the Web comedy created by and starring Upright Citizens Brigade alumnae Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer. Jacobson and Glazer are set to write and star in the half-hour FX project, which has received a script commitment from the network. It centers on the Manhattan (and Brooklyn) misadventures of 20-something female best friends, played by Jacobson and Glazer. UCB co-founder Poehler’s relationship with Jacobson and Glazer goes back to their days together at the famous improv theater. The Saturday Night Live alumna is a fan of Broad City and has appeared in it (see trailer below), which led to her interest in taking the show to television. Poeler, Jacobson and Glazer, all repped by WME, will executive produce the FX project with Poehler’s manager, 3 Arts’ Dave Becky, and Jacobson and Glazer’s manager Samantha Saifer. Nancy Pimenthal is on board as supervising producer. FX has been aggressively building a slate of offbeat comedies with It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, The League, Louie and Wilfred. Broad City would mark the network’s first comedy series with female leads and all-female creators. Four-time Emmy nominee Poehler, who stars on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, received the 2011 Variety Power of Comedy Award last weekend.
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