Disney+ is developing the sitcom ‘The Biggest Star In Appleton,’ a half-hour, single-camera show created and written by Paul Rudnick and starred by Kristin Chenoweth.
Chenoweth plays Carol Dannhauser, a Wisconsin mom and waitress who, despite a wonderful family life, is more satisfied by her big-fish-in-small-pond fame as an actress in the town’s community theater. Her star status receives a huge threat when Tara Hubley, a New York chorus girl, gets back home to take the title of the star of the town.
Dan Jinks, Rudnick, and Chenoweth serve as executive producers while 20th Century Fox TV, owned by Disney, is the studio.
The project is the first reunion between Chenoweth and Jinks. Jinks produced and Chenoweth starred in the ABC show, ‘Pushing Daisies’ which earned her an Emmy award for her performance.
Rudnick has written some feature films such as ‘Sister Act’ and ‘Adams Family Values.’ He’s also a playwriter having written ‘Jeffrey,’ and ‘The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told.’
Jinks won an Oscar for producing Sam Mendes’ ‘American Beauty.’ He also earned some Academy Award nominations with ‘Milk,’ which earned Sean Penn an Oscar. He also produced the Big Fish’s Broadway adaptation and the TV show ‘Traveler.’ He’s working on Marley for Disney, which comes from a screenplay by Bill Condon, who also directs the film. Chenoweth is coming from a successful Broadway run of Kristin Chenoweth: For the Girls.
We’ll probably hear some more of the rest of the cast soon. There’s no word on an approximate release date yet.