Apple TV+ to sign 'SNL' star Cecily Strong for musical comedy

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The creators of "Despicable Me" are reportedly close to signing a deal with Apple TV+ to produce a musical comedy starring "Saturday Night Live" regular Cecily Strong.

Apple TV+ is reportedly about to add musical comedy to its slate, if industry sources are correct that it will sign Cecily Strong to an as-yet-untitled new series.

The unnamed show is created by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, who are together best known for writing the three "Despicable Me" films.

According to Variety, the comedy will be set in a magical town called Schmigadoon. A couple hope their backpacking vacation will bring them closer together, but instead traps them in this town where everyone behaves as if they;'re in a 1940s movie musical. The only way to get out of the town is to find true love.

There's no more indication of cast, but star as well as being best known for "Saturday Night Live," Cecily Strong has appeared in films such as the 2016 version of "Ghostbusters," plus television comedies including "Superstore."

Strong will also be a producer on the series, while Cinco Paul will be the showrunner. The series is backed by executive producers including Lorne Michaels, who has famously created "SNL."

Apple has yet to comment, but Hollywood industry sources have recently been announcing signings with Apple TV+ including "Physical," a 1980s-set dramedy.

 
 

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