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Emily Hampshire to Lead '70s Satire Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman Reboot

Emily Hampshire, Louise Lasser

Schitt’s Creek's Emily Hampshire, who played the sardonic Stevie Budd in the Emmy-winning series, is set to co-write, executive-produce, and star in a reboot of Norman Lear’s social satire Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, which starred Louise Lasser in the titular role.

The 1970s series that costarred Mary Kay Place and Martin Mull tackled then-taboo social issues including domestic violence and featured one of TV’s first gay kisses between live-in boyfriends Ed (Laurence Haddon) and Howard (Beeson Carroll) in 1976. The series ran for about 18 months in daily syndication before it ended in July of 1977.

In the reboot, out actress Hampshire plays “a small-town woman who feels like a nobody in every aspect of her life until she suddenly becomes a ‘verified’ social media somebody,” according to Deadline.

With the original known for its dissection of consumer culture, the reboot aims to depict how “America’s Typical Consumer Housewife” copes when her every move is fodder for a viral moment.

Also on board for the new series is Letterkenny creator Jacob Tierney, who will write with Hampshire.  Lear and Brent Miller’s Act III Productions are producing.

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