After sweeping the Primetime Emmys in 2020, the Schitt’s Creek’s cast is moving on to new things. Emily Hampshire (a.k.a. Stevie Budd) is looking to stay in the television space. Her latest television gig will see her follow in some iconic soap opera footsteps. Hampshire will star in a remake of the cult classic television series Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.
According to Deadline, Emily Hampshire will star in the title role in a currently developing modern take of the 1970s daytime satire Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. Not only would Hampshire star in the reimagining of the cult classic but co-write and executive produce the series as well. She will co-write the series with Letterkenny's Jacob Tierney, who will also serve as the series showrunner.
The updated version of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman aims to follow Emily Hampshire's small town woman who becomes a "Verified" person on social media and stops feeling like a nobody in her life. The goal of the remake is to update the original series' satirical take on consumer culture by incorporating social media, with Emily Hampshire's character having a nervous breakdown that goes viral and becomes something consumable in the modern world.
Emily Hampshire and Jacob Tierney will executive produce the remake alongside original series creator Norman Lear and Brent Miller through Act III Productions. As part of Act III’s deal, Sony TV Pictures will oversee the series. There are talks of the project being shopped around in the coming weeks. Outside of Hampshire’s casting, there has been no other casting news with no production start or release date having been announced. But the series being shopped around Hollywood signals there could be more news coming in the next few months. Upon the news being announced, Hampshire took to Twitter to express her excitement about being part of the series:
The announcement of Emily Hampshire landing her next television role comes after Schitt’s Creek ended in 2020. She played Schitt’s Creek Motel owner Stevie Budd. The acclaimed Canadian comedy left fans impressed with the series finale after airing on Pop TV for six seasons. The series went on to sweep the comedy categories at the 2020 Primetime Emmy Awards, leading to Toronto distinctly celebrating the wins. Despite the show’s critical acclaim and devoted fanbase, the series did come under fire for how it handled social issues.
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman is just one of many projects Emily Hampshire has participated in or been attached to. The actor appeared in the defunct Quibi's horror anthology 50 States of Fright and the web series Save Me. She will next appear in a string of horror projects, including the mystery drama film Home and an adaptation of Stephen King's Jerusalem's Lot, called Chapelwaite, for Epix. Given Hampshire’s performance in the comedic Schitt's Creek, the actor seems spot-on for such an iconic role and show as Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. If you want to catch up on Schitt’s Creek, you can check out all six seasons of the Emmy-winning series on Prime Video, Netflix and Hulu.