Matthew Broderick, Shirley MacLaine to Co-Star in Dramedy TV Series BETTYVILLE

Deadline reports that Academy Award winner Shirley MacLaine and Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick will headline a new dramedy TV series for Paramount Television titled BETTYVILLE.

The project, an adaptation of journalist George Hodgman's best-selling memoir, will be penned by John Hoffman who will also serve as executive producer and showrunner on the series. The show will be shot in Santa Fe, NM.

BETTYVILLE will center on "George Hodgman (Broderick) after leaving Manhattan for his hometown of Paris, Missouri to care for his aging mother Betty (MacLaine). He expected to be away for only a few weeks, but life conspired to keep him there, armed with not much more than a (mostly) willing heart, a broken past to sort out, and two irascible personalities: his own, and Betty's. The funny and heartbreaking memoir chronicles the mother-son journey, capturing truths about family, identity, and our current American landscape."

Commented Paramount TV president Amy Powell, "Paramount TV could not be in better hands than those of Shirley MacLaine and Matthew Broderick, two incredibly versatile talents who know how to marry drama with comedy, which is at the center of this fantastic story. We're eager to watch as Shirley and Matthew bring these complex and captivating characters to life."

Matthew Broderick most recently appeared on Broadway in SYLVIA and IT'S ONLY A PLAY. He made his stage debut at 17 in Horton Foote's On Valentine's Day opposite his father, James Broderick.

Broadway credits Brighton Beach Memoirs (Tony, OCC, Theatre World awards), Biloxi Blues, How to Succeed in Business... (Tony, DD, OCC awards), It's Only a Play, Night Must Fall, Taller Than a Dwarf, The Producers (Tony, DD, OCC nominations), Roundabout's The Foreigner, The Philanthropist, and Nice Work If You Can Get It, Sylvia. Off-Broadway credits include Torch Song Trilogy (OCC, Villager Award), The Widow Claire and The Starry Messenger by Kenneth Lonergan.

TV: "The Music Man" on ABC and "'Master Harold'... And the Boys" on Showtime.

Films include Max Dugan Returns, WarGames, 1918, On Valentine's Day, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Project X, Lady-Hawke, Biloxi Blues, Glory, Family Business, The Freshman, The Lion King, Infinity (directed by Mr. Broderick), The Cable Guy, Addicted to Love, Inspector Gadget, Election, You Can Count on Me, The Last Shot, Marie and Bruce, Strangers With Candy, Wonderful World, the film adaptation of The Producers, Bee Movie, Then She Found Me, Finding Amanda, Tower Heist, Margaret, The American Side and Neil LaBute's Dirty Weekend. He will soon be seen in the Untitled Warren Beatty Project and Look Away.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride / WM Photos



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