The series is based on Vanessa Bayer’s life and her battle with cancer
Black-ish’s Jenifer Lewis is all set to be paired alongside Vanessa Bayer and Molly Shannon in Bayer’s half-hour showtime comedy series I Love This for You. The comedy drama is co-created and executively produced by Bayer and Jeremy Beiler from Saturday Night Live.
I Love This for you is inspired by Bayer’s own story of overcoming leukaemia in childhood. The series revolves around Joanna Gold (Bayer) who dreams of becoming a host at a home-shopping channel. She works to shed her life-long label as ‘that cancer girl’. She shifts out from her parents’ house and finds love for the very first time in her adult life. She forms a beautiful friendship with her idol Jackie (Shannon), who is a charismatic host at the network. The story is narrated in a backdrop of a highly competitive workplace run by an unstable billionaire where people play dirty to succeed.
Lewis will play the role of Patricia who is the icy, enigmatic founder and CEO of a popular home shopping network. Initially, Cybill Shepherd was cast to play the role of a pilot, however, he left the project. Paul James, Ayden Mayeri, Matt Rogers and Punam Patel will also play key roles in the series.
Inside Amy Schummer, Dead To Me movies’ fame Jessi Klein is the executive producer of the show along with Bayer, Beiler, Micheal Showalter (The Big Sick, Wet Hot American Summer), Megan Ellison and Sue Naegle of Annapurna Pictures, Jordan Mollick of Semi-Formal and Allyce Ozarski.
Lewis has been nominated for a Critics Choice Award along with four NAACP Image Award nominations for her role as Ruby Johnson on Black-ish, which is also heading into the last and final season on ABC.