Written by Feldman, Dead To Me is about a powerful friendship that blossoms between a tightly wound widow and a free spirit with a shocking secret.
Feldman is executive producing with Ferrell, McKay and Jessica Elbaum of the female-focused Gloria Sanchez Prods. At Netflix, Dead To Me joins comedy series American Vandal, from Ferrell and McKay’s Funny Or Die and CBS TV Studios.
Sleeper hit American Vandal, which flew under the radar to become a top binge-watched show for Netflix last year and earn a second-season renewal, became a calling card for CBS TV Studios as it ramped up its premium cable/streaming portfolio from 0 to 13 series in the past three years. It also became a model for a comedy slate of modestly priced premium half-hours the studio set out to build with Ferrell and McKay who have a deal at CBS TV Studios for their various production labels
Feldman, who is under an overall deal at CBS Studios, has an extensive broadcast comedy experience and developed a CBS half-hour for the studio last year.
“She’s been on broadcast shows for us, but she had a passion project that she came in with. I still remember the first time I heard the pitch because it came in totally formed, and I think I let my notebook drop on the floor because it was just such an incredible story,” CBS TV Studios head of comedy Kate Adler told Deadline in January when discussing, alongside CBS TV Studios president David Stapf and head of drama Bryan Seabury, the studio’s premium cable/streaming slate that included Dead to Me, then in development. “She told a really dark comedy that I would probably best describe as a comedic Big Little Lies. It was a plot-driven, really dark comedy that was clearly not meant to be on network, it was clearly destined for premium cable, or streaming.”
In a competitive situation, Dead To Me landed at Netflix. It will be CBS Studios’ fourth Netflix series, alongside American Vandal and upcoming Insatiable and limited drama series Unbelievable.