Sutton Foster Headed Back to Small Screen; TV Land Orders YOUNGER to Series
Tony winner Sutton Foster is headed back to television.
According to Deadline, TV Land has ordered Darren Star's YOUNGER, starring Foster, Hilary Duff, Debi Mazar, and Miriam Shor to series for a 12-episode first season. The single-camera project, which is written, executive produced and directed by Star, is based on the novel YOUNGER by Pamela Redmond Satran.
The series follows 40-year-old Liza (Foster), a suddenly single mother who tries to get back into the working world, only to find out it's nearly impossible to start at the bottom at her age. When a chance encounter with a 20-something guy at a bar convinces her she looks younger than she is, Liza tries to pass herself off as 26 - with the help of a makeover, courtesy of her best friend Maggie (Mazar). Armed with new confidence, she lands a job as an assistant to the temperamental Diana (Shor) and teams up with her new co-worker and fellow 20-something Kelsey (Duff) to make it in the career of her dreams.
"Younger's serialized style is different for us, yet fits our brand with its humor and relatability," TV Land president Larry W. Jones told Deadline. "Everyone at TV Land is so passionate about this show and working with Darren."
Foster is an award-winning actor, singer and dancer who has performed in 10 Broadway shows and originated roles in the Broadway productions of The Drowsy Chaperone, Little Women, Young Frankenstein, Shrek the Musical, and her Tony Award-winning performances in Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie. She is currently leading Roundabout's Violet on Broadway. She was first seen on television on "Star Search" at age 15, and has more recently appeared in "Bunheads" (TV Critics' Choice Award nomination for "Best Actress in a Comedy Series"), "Psych", "Flight of the Conchords", "Law and Order SVU", "Royal Pains", and "Sesame Street". As a solo artist, Sutton has performed all over the country as well as internationally with her musical director Michael Rafter... featuring songs from her debut solo CD "Wish" as well as her follow up CD, "An Evening With Sutton Foster: Live at the Cafe Carlyle." She has graced the stages ofCarnegie Hall, Feinstein's, Lincoln Center's American Songbook series, Joe's Pub and many others. In 2011 she received an Honorary Doctorate degree from Ball State University where she also is on faculty as a teacher and advisor to the Department of Theatre and Dance.