Jean Smart to Star in New HBO Max Comedy

Jean Smart accepts Best Supporting Actress for "Watchmen" at the 25th Annual Critics' Choice Awards. Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Critics Choice Association

Jean Smart has been cast in a new single-camera comedy from Mike Schur, Paul W. Downs, Lucia Aniello, and Jen Statsky for HBO Max. 

The streamer has handed out a 10-episode order for the show that will explore a dark mentorship that forms between a Las Vegas diva (Smart) and an entitled, outcast 25-year-old. 

“I am so thrilled to be making this show with our incredible partners at HBO Max and Universal TV, and it is a dream to write for the incomparable Jean Smart,” said Downs in a statement. “It is an honor and a privilege to craft and portray complex, female characters. For far too long, male voices dominated the space, both on-and-off screen, and thankfully that has finally changed. I’m sure Lucia and Jen agree, but unfortunately, they only gave us this much room for a quote. Sorry girls!”

Smart most recently starred in Watchmen. Her other credits include Frasier, Fargo, and the upcoming HBO series Mare of Easttown