Comedy From ‘Empire’ Pair Gets Go-Ahead

Oct 9, 2019  •  Post A Comment

A single-camera comedy from two people who met behind the scenes on Fox’s “Empire” has been given a put pilot order by the network. Variety reports that Fox is moving ahead with “Diversity Hire,” from Cameron Johnson and Felicia D. Henderson.

“Henderson met Johnson on the Fox series ‘Empire,’ where Henderson served as a consulting producer and writer and Johnson is currently a story editor,” Variety reports. “Johnson wrote the script for ‘Diversity Hire’ and will co-executive produce. Henderson will executive produce along with her producing partner Darryl Taja under their WaterWalk Entertainment banner.”

20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment will produce the project.

“The show centers on Zenzi Baker, a brilliant, young, African-American, programmer whose life is turned upside down when her boss embroils his successful tech company in a publicity nightmare,” Variety reports. “To save face, Zenzi, a low-level coder, is plucked from obscurity and promoted to chief diversity and inclusion officer. Her primary qualification? She’s ‘diverse.’”

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