The Avengers director Joss Whedon is making his return to television with the new series Pippa Smith: Grown-Up Detective. Whedon is set to executive produce the new series on Freeform, and will help guide it in the coming months as it proceeds through its early stages of development.
While Whedon is now best known for directing The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, and even playing a major role in directing and rewriting last year's Justice League, the director's roots actually lie in television. Whedon's most notable TV outing was helming Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which he was the showrunner of for the first five seasons. Whedon has also helmed a number of other hit TV series, including Angel and Firefly. Furthermore, Whedon had a small part to play in creating the Marvel series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but after the first episode, Joss handed the wheel over to his brother Jed.
Whedon's next TV project Pippa Smith: Grown-Up Detective will be a darker comedy created by Siobhan Thompson and Rebecca Drysdale. Thompson is possibly best known for writing for College Humor Originals, and Drysdale is best known for writing for Key and Peele. Here is the current description of their new series.
"A dark comedy that follows Pippa Smith, a twenty-something who played a former kid sleuth on television, as she deals with relationships, addiction and being too dang old for the detecting game. Each episode, Pippa solves a new case, while unraveling a bigger mystery and attempting to navigate a messy personal life."
Just by that brief description, we are already hooked. With these two comedy writers working to create this hilarious sounding character, and Joss Whedon back in action helping helm the overall project, we have high hopes for Pippa Smith: Grown-Up Detective. Child stars are always interesting to watch as they grow up, with many tragically falling into drug addiction or other vices. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in this series.
The show will be produced by Big Breakfast, which is a comedy production company that spawned from College Humor and has already produced a number of series, including Adam Ruins Everything. Rebecca Drysdale will executive produce the series alongside Joss Whedon, while Siobhan Thompson will be a co-executive producer. While it's possible that Whedon will do what he did with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and oversee the series in its development stages, and then bow out once it actually picks up, we are hopeful that he remains on board with the project long term. Whedon has a long history with television that has arguably been more successful than his movie history, so it would be great to see him going back to doing what he does best.
While there is no confirmation that this series will actually be fully green lit at Freeform, we are hopeful that things will work out in the show's favor. The reports on the series from Variety all seem like good things, and we are excited and hopeful that things will work out for Pippa Smith: Grown-Up Detective in the coming months.