A cast member on the NBC sketch show “Saturday Night Live” who has won two comedy Emmys for her work on the show will be starring in a drama series for Hulu. Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva reports that Kate McKinnon will star in and executive produce “The Dropout,” based on the ABC News/ABC Radio podcast about the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes and her company, Theranos.
The limited series, expected to run between six and 10 episodes, represents the first series order for the one-year-old television division at Fox Searchlight, Andreeva notes.
McKinnon, who has been on “SNL” since 2012, won Emmys for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on the show in 2016 and 2017, and is a six time Emmy nominee.
“She executive produces with ‘The Dropout’ podcast host /creator Rebecca Jarvis, who is ABC News chief business, technology and economics correspondent,” Andreeva notes. “The podcast’s producers Taylor Dunn and Victoria Thompson serve as producers on the series.”
The report adds: “The project marks a collaboration among three companies under the recently expanded Disney umbrella following the $71.3 billion acquisition of key Fox assets, including Fox Searchlight and 21st Century Fox’s 30% stake in Hulu. Fox Searchlight, ABC News and ABC Radio are now corporate siblings at Disney, which also owns a controlling 60% interest in Hulu.”