NBC puts Griffin on its ‘List’ for comedy series

By Nellie Andreeva

Kathy Griffin is looking to glorify her status of D-list celebrity with “The D-List,” a half-hour comedy for NBC. Griffin has inked a deal with NBC Studios to develop the scripted project, which is based on her autobiographical stand-up.

“It’s really the story of my life, but seen through the prism of being a D-list celebrity,” Griffin said. The actress-comedian talks about her daily life as somewhat of a celebrity, or, as she puts it, “just famous enough for it to be a pain in the ass,” in her weekly stand-up show Wednesday nights at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood.

After attending one of Griffin’s performances at the comedy club, NBC entertainment president Jeff Zucker approached the actress about turning her act into a comedy series.

Griffin said she will co-create “D-List” with another writer and will be heavily involved in writing the pilot script. Sources said writer-producer Cheryl Holliday is being eyed for the project.

In summer 2002, the project would have been titled “C-List,” but after “hovering on the C-list for a while ... I did ‘Celebrity Mole’ and jumped right to D,” Griffin quipped.

The actress, best known for her role on Brooke Shields’ NBC sitcom “Suddenly Susan,” recently won the ABC reality series “Celebrity Mole Hawaii.” Griffin next hosts the NBC reality show “Average Joe.”

Griffin is repped by UTA and Paul Meyersohn.


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