WandaVision star Kathryn Hahn is taking on the role of late comedian and TV show host Joan Rivers for showtime. They will tell the story of a period in Rivers’ life in a limited series – The Comeback Girl.
Variety reports that the series would begin in the 1980s after Rivers became the first woman to be the full-time host of a late-night show. Sometime after The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers premiered on October 9, 1986, executives at Fox wanted to fire her producer husband Edgar Rosenberg. Rivers challenged them and stood up to them, refusing to be cowed.
So the network fired them both on May 15, 1987. Three months later Rosenberg committed suicide in Philadelphia and Rivers has always said it was his humiliation by Fox that led to his suicide. After a period out of the limelight, she rebuilt her career and went on to become a global icon and much loved, famously acerbic comedian.
The show is expected to focus on this period in her life and is not thought to include her untimely death. On August 28, 2014, Rivers was undergoing a routine medical procedure on her throat when something went wrong. Rivers sadly died from brain damage brought on by lack of oxygen, having never woken up from her medically induced coma.
Investigations followed and it was declared that the clinic made a number of mistakes both before and during the procedure. They had apparently failed to respond quickly and appropriately to changes in her condition. There were also a number of irregularities found in clinical procedures and medical consent.
Hahn, writer Cosmo Carlson, and Greg Berlanti will all be executive producers and Berlanti will direct. The project is split between Atlas Entertainment, Berlanti Productions, and Warner Bros. TV.