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Michael Showalter to direct a CW pilot about a blind woman solving a murder

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The Big Sick recently nabbed on Oscar nomination, finally giving director Michael Showalter the accolades he has deserved ever since he was the best cast member of MTV’s The State, and now he’s parlaying his newfound cred into a job directing a pilot for America’s favorite TV network, The CW. This comes from Deadline, which says Showalter will direct and executive produce In The Dark, a project about a “flawed and irreverent” blind woman who tries to solve the murder of her “drug-dealing friend” with the help of a dog named Pretzel. She also has to manage her “colorful dating life” (because it’s a CW show) and work at a job she hates with her “overprotective parents.”

In The Dark was written by Newsroom and Back In The Game’s Corinne Kingsbury, and it comes from Ben Stiller’s production company Red Hour Films. Earlier this week, The CW announced that it will soon begin airing primetime programming on Sundays for the first time since 2009, with that move necessitating an uptick in pilot development.


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