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Hannah Einbinder and Carl Clemons-Hopkins Star in the Untitled Jean Smart Comedy Series

Hacks TCA | Winter 2021

Kaitlin Olson, Christopher McDonald, Paul W. Downs, Mark Indelicato, Poppy Liu, Johnny Sibilly, Meg Stalter and Rose Abdoo Set to Recur in the Max Original Series Premieres on HBO Max this Spring

  • Logline: The Untitled Jean Smart comedy series explores a dark mentorship that forms between Deborah Vance (Jean Smart), a legendary Las Vegas comedian, and an entitled, outcast 25-year-old (Hannah Einbinder).
  • Newly Added Series Regulars: 
    • Hannah Einbinder (Just For Laugh’s 2019 New Face of Comedy, stand up on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”) as “Ava,” the young writer Deborah is forced to hire. 
    • Carl Clemons-Hopkins (“Hamilton” Chicago Original Cast and the upcoming “Candyman”) as “Marcus,” Deborah's trusted longtime COO. 

series regulars


  • Newly Added Recurring Guest Stars: Kaitlin Olson (“It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia,” “The Mick”), Christopher McDonald (“Thelma & Louise,” “Happy Gilmore”), Paul W. Downs (“Broad City,” “Rough Night”), Mark Indelicato (“Ugly Betty,” “White Bird in a Blizzard”), Poppy Liu (“Better Call Saul,” “Sunnyside”), Johnny Sibilly (“Pose,” “Logo Live”), Meg Stalter (“Tooning Out the News,” “I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson”) and Rose Abdoo (“Gilmore Girls,” “Parenthood”) have joined the cast as recurring guest stars.

Recurring Cast


  • Credits: The series is created by Paul W. Downs, Lucia Aniello and Jen Statsky. It is executive produced by Downs and Aniello via their Paulilu banner, Statsky via First Thought Productions, as well as Emmy® winners Michael Schur via Fremulon, David Miner for 3 Arts Entertainment and Morgan Sackett. The studio is Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group.
  • Rep Info
    • Hannah Einbinder is represented by United Talent Agency and 3 Arts Entertainment.
    • Carl Clemons-Hopkins is represented by Stewart Talent. 
    • Kaitlin Olson is represented by United Talent Agency.
    • Christopher McDonald is represented by The Gersh Agency and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
    • Paul W. Downs is represented by United Talent Agency, 3 Arts Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham.
    • Mark Indelicato is represented by Station 3 Entertainment and Global Artists Agency. 
    • Poppy Liu is represented by Buchwald and Framework Entertainment.
    • Johnny Sibilly is represented by CESD Talent Agency and Select Management Group.
    • Meg Stalter is represented by United Talent Agency and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
    • Rose Abdoo is represented by Innovative Artists and AIM Entertainment. 
  • About Universal Television: Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, is one of the largest and most successful television production companies in the United States. The studio currently produces more than 50 primetime comedies and dramas as well as late-night programs for a variety of network, cable and digital platforms. Acclaimed series produced by Universal Television include “Russian Doll,” “Never Have I Ever,” “Little America,” “Master of None,” “Superstore,” “Mr. Mayor,” “Young Rock,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Saved by the Bell,” “New Amsterdam,” “Good Girls,” and Dick Wolf’s enormously successful “Law & Order,” “Chicago” and “FBI”-branded series. 

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