since the pilot
Lea Michele Joins ABC's Daveed Diggs Comedy
The actress will not return to Fox's 'Scream Queens,' should the anthology be renewed for a third season.

Lea Michele has booked her next act.

The Glee and Scream Queens favorite has joined the cast of ABC’s untitled city mayor comedy pilot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

From ABC Studios and Hamilton’s Daveed Diggs, the comedy explores what happens when an outspoken, idealistic rapper Courtney (Search Party’s Brandon Micheal Hall) runs for office as a publicity stunt. When he actually gets elected, he surprises everyone (including himself) when he has a natural knack for the job and slowly transforms city hall.

Details on the role Michele will play were not immediately available as the part is being adjusted to specifically accommodate the actress. The character originally was planned to be Courtney’s chief of staff. It’s unclear if that will remain as the part continues to shift with Michele’s commitment to the project. The ABC comedy marks her first pilot since Fox’s Glee and first TV series regular outside of the Murphy universe.

For Michele, meanwhile, this marks her follow-up to Fox’s Scream Queens. The horror-comedy anthology from exec producer Ryan Murphy remains on the bubble and awaits word on its third season. Sources say Murphy released Michele from her deal for Scream Queens. Michele’s casting does not have any bearing on if the series returns. Instead, it means her character of Hester is not going to be returning for a potential third season.

Jeremy Bronson (Speechless) will pen the script and exec produce the ABC Studios comedy alongside Diggs, Jamie Tarses, Scott Stuber and James Griffiths, with the latter set to direct the single-camera comedy.

Michele, whose credits also include New Year’s Eve, is repped by WME and Untitled Entertainment.

I don’t now why I’m holding on to you

There is nothing to hold on to

I use to be scared of losing you

I think I still am somehow

Like if I let you go then I officially lost you

If I just hold on to every little memory

Maybe you’ll come back

But I know you won’t

And that’s even scarier

—  Lily Evangeline

#look at her #look how much she has grown since the pilot #she doesn’t need saving anymore #she can save herself #look at this tiny warrior #so brave and powerful #i am so proud #like so so so proud #she has grown from this helpless little girl who didn’t have a clue of what the fuck was going on #for this girl who can kickass and kill demons without anyone’s help #yaaas clary #yo go girrrrl


Senator Prince Ben Organa Amidala Solo (x) with his royal pilot and bodyguard Poe Dameron.

Poe is the only one that could make banquets tolerable for Prince Ben. Poe would sneek him away for private dancing to rescue him from his political duties. Shara Bey was Senator Princess Leia’s trusted pilot and bodyguard, so Poe was honored to follow in his mother’s footsteps.

//some feel better lifelong benpoe soulmate love to cheer up the galaxy :)

i hope tyler knows how important he is. his art and what he’s doing for so many people. what he started in his basement when he was seventeen in an attempt to save himself has saved so many people—it’s really incredible what him and josh are bringing into the world through their music. it blows my mind when people think that art is trivial, or unimportant, or just about being able to make things that look or sound nice. because what they’re doing with their music and their band is real art. the people they’re saving and giving hope to through nothing but a few words and melodies strung together, that’s art. they’re proving to the hopeless that they aren’t alone in their struggles, and that they genuinely understand what they’re going through. they’re connecting to the people who need connections the most with their music. and i just hope that when tyler questions whether or not the songs he’s writing are good enough or worthwhile, that he knows how important he and his art is to so many people.