Jessica Williams to Star in Showtime Series

Jessica Williams on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Jessica Williams’ star continues to ascend. Last month brought news that the “Daily Show” alumna’s podcast with Phoebe Robinson, “2 Dope Queens,” is being adapted by HBO, and now comes word that Williams is set to star in a new Showtime series. Deadline broke the story.

The comedy series, which the network scored “in a competitive situation,” sees Williams re-teaming with frequent collaborator Jim Strouse, who directed her in features “The Incredible Jessica James” and “People Places Things.” The pair will write and exec produce the as-yet untitled project that follows an aspiring science fiction writer (Williams) who lives in Brooklyn.

Williams made history as the youngest correspondent to ever join “The Daily Show.” She left the late-night series to pursue other projects in 2014. Her other credits include “Girls” and “Just for Kicks.”

“I’m turning down roles that don’t feel like they add to society,” Williams has said. “I don’t want it to feel like I’m doing something that’s really offensive that sets women back or sets black women back. If I feel that it sets women or black women back, it’s offensive to other people, I want no part of it.”

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