HBO is teaming with actress-comedian-writer Whitney Cummings for a relationship comedy and a stand-up special.

The premium Are_Men_Necessarycable network has ordered a pilot for a half-hour comedy inspired by New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd’s debate-stirring 2005 book Are Men Necessary? When Sexes Collide.

Cummings created, wrote and is starring in the project, described as a comedic portrait of modern relationships that focuses on human nature and social construction using documentary elements and appearances from experts to help the characters understand the biological basis of their behavior. Cummings executive produces with Tom Werner, Jimmy Miller and Dowd.

This marks the third comedy series created by Cummings and first for cable. She co-created CBS’ 2 Broke Girls, which set a new off-network syndication record when it sold to TBS for $1.7 million per episode, and also created and starred in NBC’s Whitney. 2 Broke Girls already has been renewed by CBS for next season – its fifth – and debuts in syndication in the fall.

HBO blue logoThe Cummings pilot joins another HBO comedy pilot toplined by an envelope-pushing actress-comedian, a Sarah Silverman-starring project written by Lucy Prebble.

Cummings is on tour in preparation for her first HBO Comedy special, which will film in the fall to air in 2016. Cummings will executive produce with Marty Callner, who will direct. Randy Gladstein will serve as producer.  

Cummings is repped by CAA and Mosaic.