Showtime is developing Hello Nancy, an original film based on the nonfiction book On Her Trail, My Mother, Nancy Dickerson, TV News’ First Woman Star by CBS This Morning co-host John Dickerson, with Stephen Colbert and his wife Evelyn McGee Colbert serving as executive producers.
The Zookeeper’s Wife scribe Angela Workman will pen the adaptation and co-executive produce. Dickerson serves as associate producer.
Hello Nancy centers on pioneering journalist Nancy Dickerson, chronicling her trailblazing journey through the high-powered world of 1960s Washington, D.C., to become a prominent political journalist and eventually the first woman to anchor a TV news show. Among her numerous milestones, Dickerson was the first female member of the Washington TV press corps, the first reporter to speak to John F. Kennedy after his inauguration and more — all of which established her as a role model for a generation of aspiring media professionals. The challenges she faced along the way, and her own imperfections underscored the magnitude of her achievement.
Once a major player in the longform arena, Showtime made the shift from original movies to series years ago. The premium cable network is firmly following that course, with Hello Nancy a rare exception driven by the creative auspices involved, much like the election night live special Colbert did on Showtime which is not in the live entertainment programming business wither. Colbert, host of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and Dickerson both are high profile talent on Showtime sibling CBS network, and On Her Trail was published by another CBS Corp. division, Simon & Schuster, in 2006.
Hello Nancy expands Colbert’s relationship with Showtime. Colbert is executive producer and co-creator of Our Cartoon President, the first animated series in Showtime history. Of his six Emmy nominations in 2017, three came for Showtime (Outstanding Variety Talk Series, Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series and Outstanding Variety Special) for Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going To Clean Up This Sh*t?
McGee Colbert’s acting credits include TV series Alpha House and Strangers With Candy, and feature The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
Workman’s screen credits also include Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and War Bride.
Dickerson currently is co-host of CBS This Morning with Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King. He previously hosted Face the Nation on CBS News, served as the political director of CBS News, chief Washington correspondent for CBS News, and was a political columnist for Slate magazine. He also is the author of Whistlestop: My Favorite Stories from Presidential Campaign History, published by Twelve, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, in 2016.