Deadline is reporting that FOX comedy Call Me Kat has found its male lead in Watchmen alum Cheyenne Jackson.
Based on Miranda Hart BBC series Miranda, with Darlene Hunt (The Big C) adapting for American television, Call Me Kat follows awkward 39-year-old Kat (Mayim Bialik), a woman who struggles against the expectations of society and her mother Sheila (Swoosie Kurtz). The series will center on Kat taking the money her parents set aside for her wedding and opening up a cat cafe in Louisville, Kentucky.
Jackson will play Kat’s high school crush Max, now working as a bartender across the street from Kat’s cafe after returning home from teaching English overseas. He’s still licking his wounds after the conclusion of a long-term relationship with a woman Kat thinks was the most beautiful woman in the world. His role is a version of the character played by Tom Ellis in the original series.
Call Me Kat was given a series commitment by FOX in September 2019, though it’s as yet unclear whether it’ll shoot a pilot. It’s been an unorthodox comedy development season for FOX, which also has a straight-to-series order for animated series Housebroken and traditional pilots in mockumentary This Country and female friendship tale Pivoting.
In addition to his role on the HBO limited series, Jackson’s television credits include American Horror Story, Glee, and American Woman.