I have learned that Amazon Studios has assembled the cast of Really, a single-camera comedy pilot, written, directed by and starring Jay Chandrasekhar, part of comedy team Broken Lizard. Sarah Chalke will play the female lead opposite Chandrasekhar in the project, executive produced by Jamie Tarses. Also cast in the pilot, fully financed and produced by Main Street Films, are Selma Blair, Luka Jones, Travis Schuldt, Lindsay Sloane, Hayes Macarthur and Collette Wolfe. Really, which was quietly picked up to pilot more than a month ago, revolves around a social and opinionated group of thirtysomething friends in Chicago. It centers on two of them, happily, messily married neurologist Jed (Chandrasekhar) and lawyer/mom Lori (Chalke). Their group of friends includes Fred (Jones) and his wife Joanna (Blair), Mike (Schuldt) and his wife Margaret (Sloane) as well as Hayes (Macarthur) and his significant other Alison (Wolfe). The dynamic in the group changes forever when Jed accidentally catches Mike and Joanna having a sexual liaison.
Chandrasekhar, who directed the pilot for the Amazon comedy series Betas, executive produces with Tarses of Fanfare Prods and Craig Chang and Harrison Kordestani of Main Street Films. Production is set to begin shortly in New Orleans.
At Amazon, Really joins current comedy pilots The Cosmopolitans and Red Oaks, drama pilots Hand Of God and Hysteria and dramedy Cocked. Chandrasekhar is repped by UTA and the Gotham Group; Chalke is with UTA; Blair and Sloane are with Gersh; and Schuldt is with Domain.
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