Kaley Cuoco, still best known for playing Big Bang Theory’s Penny, has been having a heck of a successful post-finale go of it, jumping straight to voice work as Harley Quinn on the anti-hero’s animated series and as the lead of HBO Max’s hit series The Flight Attendant, which was quickly renewed following the first season’s epic finale. Ahead of boarding Cassie’s next turbulent flight, she will be portraying an iconic Hollywood star for a limited series. So what does that mean for The Flight Attendant Season 2?
Kaley Cuoco has signed on to produce and star in a series about Doris Day, per Variety. She will work alongside Warner Bros to develop the TV biopic after the studio officially obtained the rights to A.E. Hotchner’s 1976 biography Doris Day: Her Own Story.
Doris Day was a major film star in the 1950s and 60s, often being paired with Rock Hudson for comedies such as Pillow Talk or Send Me No Flowers. The blonde-haired charmer also worked alongside James Garner and Cary Grant in films and fronted her own sitcom called The Doris Day Show from the late 60s to 1973.
Day decided to quit acting following her time on her show and devoted her time to becoming an advocate to animal welfare, founding the Doris Day Pet Foundation, speaking out about the unfair treatment of animals and adopting many of her own. This part of Day’s life will particularly mesh well with Kaley Cuoco considering she too is an animal lover and advocate, who has five rescue dogs with her husband along with horses, a goat and a bunny.
It’s an exciting development for the 35-year-old actress, but The Flight Attendant Season 2 looks to be at the top of Kaley Cuoco’s priority list, as the writers room gets ready to convene with production on the HBO Max show expected to begin in September or October of this year. The Doris Day project conversely has only just been announced and has yet to find a network to call home just yet.
Cuoco’s new series comes just as the actress has received some high acclaim for her role as Cassie on The Flight Attendant, nabbing Best Actress nominations from the Golden Globes, Film Critics Association Awards and is projected to be among 2021 Emmy nominations. Portraying a Hollywood actress as beloved as Doris Day will allow the actress to show off her acting chops further, especially since playing someone so famous is often regarded as highly challenging within the industry.
The Doris Day show will also continue Cuoco’s more hands-on work behind the scenes as the founder of Yes, Norman Productions. For the The Flight Attendant, she oversaw every aspect of production as executive producer and is also an EP on her Harley Quinn series. It’s an exciting time for Cuoco. Have no fear Flight Attendant fans, the second season is expected to come to HBO Max in spring 2022.