Peacock has put in development Fruits of Thy Labor, a one-hour family drama from Emmy-winning Pose star Billy Porter, Dan McCabe, Greg Berlanti and his Berlanti Productions, and Warner Bros. Television.
Written by Porter and McCabe, Fruits of Thy Labor follows three generations of an African-American showbiz dynasty navigating their way through life, love, politics and career.
Porter and McCabe executive produce with Berlanti Productions’ Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and David Madden. Berlanti Prods’ recently elevated EVP Television Jonathan Gabay is producing. Berlanti Productions produces in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Fruits of Thy Labor is Porter’s first foray into television series writing. The project also marks a reunion for Porter and Berlanti: Porter appeared in 2000’s The Broken Hearts Club, which Berlanti wrote and directed as his feature film debut.
The project is Porter and McCabe’s second collaboration. They previously worked together on McCabe’s play The Purists, which Porter directed.
Porter is an award-winning actor, singer, director, composer and playwright. In 2019, he won the Emmy Award for Lead Actor for his role in FX’s drama Pose, which is wrapping up its third and final season, and in 2020 received his second Emmy nomination for this role. On stage, he played Lola in the Broadway musical Kinky Boots, which he originated in 2013 and for which he won the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards, as well as the Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album.
He’ll next be seen starring as the Fairy Godmother opposite Camila Cabello in Sony’s Cinderella, set to premiere on Amazon this fall. He also voices Audrey II in Warner Bros. upcoming musical update of Little Shop of Horrors, directed by Berlanti, and will make his feature directorial debut in Orion Pictures’ What If?
Porter is repped by CAA and Industry Entertainment. McCabe is repped by CAA, Underground and Schreck Rose.