Talk about branching out from the news anchor post. Megyn Kelly is now set to produce what appears to be a news/political comedy set on this presidential campaign:
VARIETY – Fox News star Megyn Kelly is attached to produce a new scripted series with “Fifty Shades of Grey” producer Michael De Luca following a presidential campaign trail and the embedded journalists who cover it.
Verizon-owned streaming platform Go90 has ordered six half-hour episodes of the political comedy “Embeds.” The series will follow five young reporters who are in way over their heads as they find themselves shaping the future of the country while experiencing raucous adventures in an unexpected world of sex, drugs, and swing states. Big-name politicians are expected to cameo throughout the series.
Though the show takes place on the campaign trail, the real focus on the young people covering the news rather than the politics. An insider said producers hope to appeal to viewers who don’t follow politics religiously, as well as those who do.
Their goal is to have the first episode on air by Election Day, with the show actively casting leading roles.
Scott Conroy, co-author of the bestselling Sarah Palin biography “Sarah From Alaska,” and Peter Hamby, a former CNN correspondent who is now head of Snapchat’s news efforts, co-created the show and penned the pilot. Todd Waldman is holding the showrunner title with Conroy writing the additional five scripts and exec producing the show.
It seems Kelly isn’t just content to be one of the top anchors on Fox News. She took a dive into the Barbara Walters style network interview with Trump earlier this year. Now she’s co-producing a comedy based on the presidential campaign.
This begs the question for Kelly, what’s next?