Emmy® winning “Saturday Night Live” mainstay and comedy icon Paula Pell will join the cast of Girls5eva, the upcoming Peacock comedy from Tina Fey, Robert Carlock and Meredith Scardino. Pell is the latest actress to join the distinguished on-screen girl group featuring Sara Bareilles, Renée Elise Goldsberry and Busy Philipps. Pell also stars in A.P. BIO on Peacock.
Pell will star as Gloria. Since the group disbanded, she has since become a dentist and come out of the closet. Now living with her elderly father, she yearns for more in life than looking in people’s mouths and giving her dad heart pills.
When a one-hit-wonder girl group from the 90’s gets sampled by a young rapper, its members reunite to give their pop star dreams one more shot. They may be grown women balancing spouses, kids, jobs, debt, aging parents, and shoulder pain, but can‘t they also be Girls5eva?
Pell has achieved almost legendary status in comedy circles, both as a screenwriter and actress. She stars in Peacock’s comedy “A.P. Bio” and writes, stars and produces in the UTV comedy series, “The Mapleworth Murders.” Other projects of note include the Elaine Stritch inspired performance in “Documentary Now,” last year’s hit comedy “Wine Country” and numerous critically acclaimed films, including “Birdman” and “Inside Out.” She also executive produced the Judd Apatow film, “This Is 40.” It was recently announced that Pell will be executive producing the upcoming variety special, “Sarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine.” Pell is most well known as a comedy writer and is renowned for her work on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” where she spent 20 years creating many of America’s favorite sketches and characters. In 2020, Paula won the prestigious WGA East’s Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence at the 72nd annual WGA Awards. Pell is repped by WME, Narrative and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman, LLP.
Kat Coiro (“SHE-HULK,” “Marry Me”) is set to direct the pilot of Girls5eva.
Meredith Scardino serves as creator and executive producer for the series. Tina Fey (Little Stranger, Inc.), Robert Carlock (Bevel Gears), Jeff Richmond, David Miner (3 Arts Entertainment), Eric Gurian (Little Stranger) will also serve as executive producers. Girls5eva is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group.