Courtney B. Vance, seemingly on a roll since his acclaimed performance as Johnnie Cochran in FX’s “People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” has booked a starring opposite Felicity Huffman in ABC’s new comedy “Libby & Malcolm.”
The network has ordered a pilot for the potential series which is described as “a blended family show about two polar opposite political pundits who fall in love despite all odds and form an insta-family as well as a work partnership.”
The polar opposite political pundits who fall in love (Libby & Malcolm) will be played by Huffman and Vance. Vance’s Malcolm is described as “a smooth, confident Liberal pundit and father of three kids who arms himself with cold hard facts and an irresistible easy charm that wins over everyone he meets.” He is married to Libby (Huffman), “a strong, brilliant, white Republican who won his heart by knocking him off his feet.” The couple also work together as hosts of a fiery political talk show.
The project, maybe perfectly-timed in light of recent political events, hails from “Black-ish” creator/showrunner Kenya Barris, who is writing along with Vijal Patel. Both will also executive produce with Vance, Huffman and Brian Dobbins.
Vance also recently joined the cast of HBO’s film adaptation of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”; he will be seen on the big screen in Universal’s upcoming “The Mummy” reboot with Tom Cruise, as well as DreamWorks Pictures’ ensemble comedy feature “Office Christmas Party.”
Vance is repped by Gersh, Lighthouse Entertainment and Fox Rothschild.