Following its premiere on HBO Max in May, Hacks turned a runaway hit, producing awards buzz and swiftly touchdown a Season 2 renewal. While the comedic two-hander’s success hinged on chemistry between its stars Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder, it additionally has a terrific deal to do with the sharp scripts penned by collection creators Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs and Jen Statsky.
In the pilot script “There Is No Line” (which you’ll learn under), we’re launched to legendary Las Vegas comic Deborah Vance (Smart) and entitled, 25-year-old comedy author Ava (Einbinder), watching as a darkish mentorship between the pair takes each of their lives and careers in surprising instructions.
Deadline brings you the pilot as a part of It Starts On the Page, a collection highlighting the scripts that can function the artistic backbones of the now-underway TV awards season. These scripts are all being submitted for Emmy Awards consideration this yr and have been chosen for our collection utilizing standards that features vital acclaim, deciding on from a variety of networks and platforms, and a mixture of established and lesser-known exhibits.
Hailing from Universal Television, Hacks additionally stars Downs, Carl Clemons-Hopkins, Kaitlin Olson, Christopher McDonald, Mark Indelicato, Poppy Liu, Johnny Sibilly, Meg Stalter, Rose Abdoo and extra.
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Downs, Aniello and Statsky function showrunners and govt produce — Downs and Aniello by way of their firm Paulilu and Statsky by way of First Thought Productions. The present’s different govt producers are Fremulon’s Michael Schur, 3 Arts Entertainment’s David Miner and Morgan Sackett.
Check out the script that units the stage for Hacks: