Following an exhaustive search, Canadian actress/comedian Stacey McGunnigle has been tapped to star in the single-camera comedy series 'Ellen More or Less' for NBC.
The comedy, written by JJ Philbin ('New Girl'), centers on Ellen, an average-sized woman, who begins to reinvent her life (including her love life) when she loses 100 pounds.
McGunnigle will play Ellen, who is described as "sweet," "charming," "funny," and pretty much every good adjective in the history of adjectives. Ellen's keen on shaking off the humiliation of being a former fat kid and ready to jump into the the supposedly "easy" life as a thin person. But, of course, there will be some problems along the way. Cue the laughs.
Apparently McGunnigle wowed the powers-that-be with her screen test, likely because her real-life mirrors the concept of the show.
The series marks the U.S. debut of McGunnigle, who is best known in her native Canada as a force to be reckoned with on the comedy circuit. She earned two Canadian Comedy Award nominations for her improv work, and she is a member of Toronto's Second City. Stateside, she's probably best known for her online video series 'Stacey Helps' and her posts on Zooey Deschanel's female-centric website, HelloGiggles.com.
'Ellen More or Less' will be exec-produced by Philbin, alongside Jason Katims and Michelle Lee ('Parenthood'), for Universal Television. Peyton Reed ('New Girl') will direct the pilot.