Jessica Williams (AP/John Carucci)

Jessica Williams gets her own TV series — finally

The "Daily Show" alum will will write, produce and star in her own Showtime series


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Rachel Leah
September 22, 2017 3:56PM (UTC)

The incredible Jessica Williams will write, produce and star in a new comedy series on Showtime. Deadline reported that in a "competitive situation," Showtime landed the project from Williams and filmmaker Jim Strouse, with whom the "Daily Show" correspondent collaborated on for her Netflix film "The Incredible Jessica James."

"Williams and Strouse will write and executive produce the comedy, which tells the story of an African American aspiring science fiction writer (Williams) who comes of age in Brooklyn. Strause will direct," Deadline said. At this time, the show has neither a name nor a release date.

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The former "The Daily Show" cast member was the series' youngest senior correspondent ever (at just 22) and the first black woman to land the gig. She also appeared on HBO's "Girls" in season three and co-hosts the comedy podcast "2 Dope Queens" with Phoebe Robinson on WNYC. "The Incredible Jessica James," which Williams starred in, premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Last year it was reported that Williams left "The Daily Show" after four years to start her own scripted comedy central series.

Williams once she explained to NPR her obviously insane work ethic using a story from her childhood. She recalled her mother saying "You, my daughter, will never be average. You are never allowed to be average because you look like me. And because you look like me, you will always have to work 10 times harder than somebody else who will get more for doing less work. You will never ever be average." She added, "She really wanted me to understand that because of the way that I looked, I would always have to be excellent." She always is.

 


Rachel Leah

Rachel Leah is a culture writer for Salon. You can follow her on Twitter: @rachelkleah.

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