Kristen Bell (“Frozen,” “The Good Place,” “Veronica Mars”) has lined up a new starring role for an upcoming comedy series on Netflix, per The Hollywood Reporter. The new series is currently in the works from creator Erin Foster (“Barely Famous”) and executive producer Steven Levitan (“Modern Family”).
Kristen Bell Lines Up New Comedy Series At Netflix
The series is still currently untitled. Per the show’s logline, the show will follow an “unlikely relationship” between an “irreverent, outspoken, agnostic woman and an unconventional rabbi.” Bell is portraying the agnostic woman, and she will also executive produce the show.
The show will be Bell’s second starring role in a Netflix series. She recently starred in last year’s dark-comedy/thriller parody “The Woman in the House Across the Street From the Girl in the Window.” It previously debuted on the streamer in January 2022. While the show ended on a cliffhanger, it was announced by Netflix as a “limited series” event.
Bell’s new Netflix series is currently in the works under Disney’s 20th Television and Steven Levitan Productions. Foster will also executive produce the show with Levitan, Bell, Craig DiGregorio, Sara Foster, and Danielle Stokdyk. Oly Obst and Josh Lieberman are executive producing the show for the 3 Arts banner.
Bell also recently starred in “The People We Hate at the Wedding” for Amazon Studios. She’s also slated to star in the voice cast for an upcoming “Paw Patrol” film. Additionally, with Disney Studios recently announcing another sequel for “Frozen” in the works, it’s safe to say she will likely return as Queen Anna of Arendelle. Disney inducted Bell as an official Disney Legend as part of the Class of 2022’s award ceremony at the 2022 D23 Expo.
Netflix picking up Disney-owned IP is interesting here, considering Disney has a controlling ownership of Hulu and has its own streaming service Disney+. More of the older-skewing comedies and dramas that Disney owns have generally gone to Hulu. Not to mention, Netflix canceled Marvel Television and ABC Studios co-productions such as “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” “Luke Cage,” and “The Punisher” some years ago due to Disney starting its own dedicated streaming service in Disney+.
It will be interesting to see if this new comedy series of Bell is a sign of change for both media giants. Time will ultimately tell.
The actress broke out onto the scene with the 2004 cult favorite, “Veronica Mars,” created by Rob Thomas. The show initially ran for four seasons and 72 episodes. The show had such a beloved fanbase, it was able to successfully crowdfund a revival sequel film on Kickstarter, raising its initial goal of $2 million in just 11 hours in 2013. The movie was later released in US theaters in March 2014.
Bell also starred in successful films such as “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “The Boss,” and “Bad Moms.” Her other hit series role was the NBC comedy series, “The Good Place,” which ran from 2016-2020 and had 53 episodes.
Bell’s new Netflix comedy series is currently in the works. It will stream exclusively on the service later on.