Midler fronting pandemic comedy
Bette Midler and Issa Rae will star in a new virtual comedy special. The cast, including Dan Levy and Sarah Paulson, will team with director Jay Roach and writer Paul Rudnick for the HBO venture, titled Coastal Elites. It will centre on characters from New York and Los Angeles and focus on how their lives have been altered by the pandemic. The venture, which will première in September, joins other coronavirus-themed scripted shows that are being developed during the lockdown, including the filmed-from-home mystery The Agoraphobics Detective Society, starring Brian Cox.