Rumors have been circulating for months that Megyn Kelly is trying to leave Fox News so that she can go “mainstream.” This week, she made an announcement that suggests she is coming increasingly close to this goal.
According to Western Journalism, Kelly revealed that she will become the co-producer of a new comedy series. She also just signed a $10 million book deal.
The Kelly File host will serve as co-producer of the new show Embeds with Michael De Luca, who produced Fifty Shades of Grey. The comedy series will focus on a group of young reporters covering a presidential campaign.
Six episodes of the series have been ordered by Verizon-owned Go90, and they’re hoping to have the first episode premiere on election day. The cast has not yet been released, but Todd Waldman, who was executive producer for Single by 30, will be the individual in charge of actual production.
Variety reported that the series is about “five young reporters who are in way over their heads as they find themselves shaping the future of the country while experiencing raucous adventures in an unexpected world of sex, drugs, and swing states.”
Major political figures will also be making cameos on the show.
Embeds was created by Scott Conroy and Peter Hamby, who first came up with the concept in 2008 but shelved it until the 2016 election. Conroy, who worked for CBS is the co-author of Sarah Palin’s biography Sarah From Alaska while Hamby previously worked for CNN and is the creator of the news feature on the Snapchat phone app.
Kelly was brought into the project through the prominence that she gained as Trump’s media antagonist during the Republican presidential primary process. In addition to Embeds, Kelly is developing and producing a show called The Residence for FX with Dustin Lance Black penning the script. Based on a book by Kate Andersen Brower, the show will detail the private lives of recent American presidents.
These television projects make it clear that Kelly is desperately trying to make moves towards being a mainstream television personality. What do you think about this? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.