Kaley Cuoco is becoming quite the queen of TV. While she gained fame at a young age from her role in the sitcom 8 Simple Rules, she blew up when she played Penny on CBS’s The Big Bang Theory. Since seeing massive success and making a mother lode of moola on the long-running hit series, she has stepped her producing game way up and seems to have found and stuck with her niche in TV. After producing and starring in HBO Max’s The Flight Attendant, Cuoco is now bringing a different kind of book to TV - and this time you may want to stock up on tissues.
Season 1 of The Flight Attendant ended in December and, even though it was well received and there's a Season 2 in the works, Kaley Cuoco is adding another project to her production résumé. According to Deadline, her production company -- Yes, Norman -- has picked up the rights to Katie Russell Newland’s A Season With Mom with the intentions of turning it into a series.
A Season With Mom is a true story based on Newland’s own experiences and told from her perspective. She is a cancer survivor and lover of baseball, just like her mother, who tragically passed away from cancer. Newland takes on the task of visiting all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums, which was something she wanted to do with her mother but was unable to due to her passing.
Katie Russell Newland’s novel was only just published on April 6th, but Kaley Cuoco has big and fast ambitions. Cuoco’s Yes, Norman has a number of projects in development on top of the one based on Newland’s book. It seems that the Harley Quinn and The Flight Attendant series were just the start of Cuoco’s production ventures, and we can expect a lot from the company in the years to come.
Even though Kaley Cuoco took on a double role in both of Yes, Norman’s previous TV productions as producer and star, it’s unclear right now as to whether she will be starring in the TV adaptation of A Season With Mom. The project is in the early stages, but it would make a lot of sense for Cuoco to play the lead in this production, too, especially since she and the author and main character are so close in age and share a likeness to one another. In fact, even if Cuoco wasn’t the one behind the production, she would make a pretty great casting choice to play Newland.
Although it seems that she's working mostly in TV, Kaley Cuoco is tackling all kinds of genres. While HBO Max’s The Flight Attendant was more of a thriller, A Season With Mom is a huge, tear jerking change-up from her past projects. After acting on TV for nearly 20 years, Cuoco seems to be making sure she has a seat at the producing table and, with her range of projects and Golden Globe nomination, it definitely appears that she has one.
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