Kelly Jenrette Lands Lead In Kerry Washington-Produced Church Comedy At ABC, Inspired By Touré Roberts And Sarah Jakes-Roberts

March 8th 2019

Emmy-nominated actress Kelly Jenrette has been cast opposite Leslie Odom Jr. in an untitled multi-camera comedy based on real-life pastors Touré and Sarah Roberts. Executive produced by Odom Jr., Kerry Washington and ABC Studios, the pilot will be directed by former Wonder Years star Fred Savage.

The story "revolves around Leslie and Hope, who are joint pastors at a young, hip, diverse church in Los Angeles. Through their services, online streams and books, they are experts at uniting people across different races, genders, orientations and opinions. But when it comes to uniting the people in their blended family, they are way out of their comfort zone, and as a result, the teachers often find themselves the pupils."

Saladin Patterson, showrunner of TBS comedy The Last O.G. starring Tracy Morgan and Tiffany Haddish, is the script writer and also exec produces.

In 2018, Jenrette earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series for her role as Annie in the series adaption Of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale. This project is just one of many produced by Kerry Washington under her production company, Simpson Street. The former Scandal star is also producing and starring in adaptation of the Celeste Ng novel Little Fires Everywhere and the futuristic sci-fi drama Old City Blues, both at Hulu.

Deadline first reported the news of Jenrette's casting.

 

Photo by Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for BET, Presley Ann/Getty Images

by Jordan Simon on March 8th 2019

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