According to The Hollywood Reporter, Shameless star Shanola Hampton has landed the lead role in NBC pilot Night School.
Based on the 2018 Tiffany Haddish movie that earned $103 million at the box office, with Christopher Moynihan (Marlon) developing for television, Night School centers on the wide range of adults at a night school GED prep class who unexpectedly bond over their shared experience. Soon enough, they find themselves helping each other inside and outside the classroom.
Hampton will portray no nonsense high school teacher Carrie Dawes. It’s a similar role to what Haddish played in the film.
Night School is one of six comedy pilots NBC has in development for 2020-21. It joins Crazy For You, about an awkward woman who reenters the dating world after years in a committed relationship; American Auto, set at the headquarters of a major American automotive company in Detroit; Jim Jefferies-created multi-cam Jefferies; Someone Out There, based on Spanish romantic comedy Pequeñas Coincidencias; and an untitled comedy from Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Dan Goor and Phil Jackson centered on Black people, dating, and wine. The network has already given series orders to Young Rock, The Kenan Show, and an untitled comedy from Tina Fey.
In addition to her role on the Showtime dramedy, which will air its final season later this year, Hampton’s television credits include Stalker, Miami Medical, and Related.