*Courtney B. Vance is onto the next after his Emmy-winning turn in “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”
The actor, who took home the trophy for playing Johnnie Cochran in the FX anthology, has been tapped to star opposite Felicity Huffman in ABC’s “Libby & Malcolm,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
As previously reported, the comedy is described as a blended-family show about two polar opposite political pundits (Huffman, Vance) who fall in love despite all odds and form an insta-family as well as a work partnership. ABC has given the project a sizable pilot-production commitment, according to THR.
Vance will star as Malcolm, a smooth, confident liberal pundit and father of three who arms himself with cold, hard facts and an irresistible easy charm that wins over everyone he meets. Malcolm recently married Libby (Huffman), a strong, brilliant Republican who won his heart by knocking him off his feet. Now they’ll forge a new life together at home against all odds while going head-to-head at work on their fiery new political talk show.
The single-camera comedy is being co-written by “Black-ish” creator-showrunner Kenya Barris and co-executive producer Vijal Patel. Vance will also executive produce alongside Barris, Patel, Huffman and Brian Dobbins.
Vance will next be seen in “Office Christmas Party,” due in theaters in December, as well as opposite Tom Cruise in “The Mummy.”
He won a Tony for Lucky Guy and will appear on the small screen in HBO’s Oprah Winfrey-led “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”