‘Smash’ Star Megan Hilty and Fellow Broadway Alums Join Hamish Linklater in TV Land’s ‘I Shudder’

Comedy series follows a man who attempts to remove bad manners from the world

Last Updated: August 19, 2015 @ 2:55 PM

Megan Hilty and several other Broadway alums have been added to the cast of TV Land dark comedy “I Shudder,” the network announced Wednesday.

Hilty, known for playing Ivy Lynn on the NBC show “Smash” and for appearing in Broadway productions of “Wicked”,  is joined by John Behlmann (“Significant Other,” “The 39 Steps”), Tony nominee Geneva Carr (“Hand To God”) and Brooklyn Shuck (“Matilda The Musical,” “Annie”) to co-star opposite previously announced lead actor Hamish Linklater (“Cymbeline,” “The Newsroom”).

Hilty and Behlmann will play Sara and Drake Morelle, the demanding parents to 11-year-old Stella, played by Shuck. The Morelles are neighbors to Elyot Vionnet, played by Linklater. Carr has been tapped to play their other neighbor, Susan Marie, who is unpleasant and self-righteous. The pilot will be shot in New York in October.

“I Shudder” follows Elyot, an advocate of manners, style and common decency as he tries to make the world a better place, one classless person at a time.

“I Shudder” is written and executive produced by Paul Rudnick (“In & Out,” “Addams Family Values”), who also wrote the book on which the project is based, “I Shudder: And Other Reactions to Life, Death, and New Jersey.” Also executive producing is Dan Jinks (“American Beauty,” “Pushing Daisies”). Telsey + Company handled casting for the pilot.

If picked up to series, “I Shudder” would be the latest in a string of comedy orders from TV Land including “Younger,” “The Jim Gaffigan Show,” “Impastor,” and “Teachers.”

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