ABC Orders Comedy Pilot From 'Hamilton's' Daveed Diggs

Daveed Diggs is having one hell of a year.

After winning a Grammy and Tony for his work in the breakout Broadway hit Hamilton and securing guest-starring roles on black-ish and Netflix’s The Get Down, the 35-year-old rapper/actor has scored a comedy pilot order from ABC.

Per Deadline:

The untitled mayor comedy centers on an outspoken, idealistic rapper who runs for office as a publicity stunt and when he actually gets elected, he surprises everyone (including himself) when he has a knack for the job and slowly transforms City Hall. The project landed at ABC in October with a sizable cast-contingent pilot production commitment. The network, sources say, is near a deal for a young newcomer to star. 

Jeremy Bronson (Speechless, Grandfathered, The Mindy Project, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon) will pen the script and exec produce alongside rapper-actor Diggs, who is not expected to have an onscreen role. Jamie Tarses, Scott Stuber, Dylan Clark and James Griffiths also will exec produce, with the latter also on board to direct the pilot. The comedy hails from ABC Studios, where Bronson as well as Tarses, Stuber and Clark’s Bluegrass FanFare are under overall deals.

Let’s hope that Daveed’s pilot moves forward at ABC.

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