Wanda Sykes is set to star in the TBS half-hour comedy pilot World’s End alongside Hamish Linklater (The Big Short).
The series will follow Henry Mueller (Linklater), a charismatic high school English teacher who has a breakdown and is committed to a mental institution. There, under the watchful eye of Louise Baldwin (Sykes), he begins to feel “sane.” Henry starts to question the system and the methods used to contain the inmates, ultimately becoming the leader of an inmate revolt. It’s a dark comedy about an asylum that operates like a family, and as in all families, the question of who is sane and who is not is open for discussion.
The pilot was written by Jonathan Ames, and is based on an original Sagafilm television format. The series will be executive produced by Ben Silverman (Jane the Virgin), Stephanie Davis (Bored to Death), Sean Canino (Jane the Virgin), and Alan Poul (The Newsroom). Poul will also direct the pilot.
Sykes was recently a guest star in series such as Black-ish and House of Lies. She currently stars in Bad Mom alongside Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Jada Pinkett-Smith, and is set to join Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn in the 20th Century Fox comedy Mother/Daughter.