• Iliza Shlesinger snags ‘Forever 31’ deal with ABC

    Iliza Shlesinger developing Forever 31 for ABCIliza Shlesinger, who’s profile has risen dramatically over the past few years, has been tapped by ABC to develop a series titled Forever 31, based on the comedian’s life as a touring comedian. Shlesinger, who will turn 32 in February, will write the script and co-executive produce while former Sex And The City scribe Cindy Chupak will supervise.

    Last year Shlesinger released her stellar hour-long comedy special War Paint via Netflix and wrapped up hosting an amazing 230 episodes of the syndicated reality series Excused. Shlesinger will release another Netflix comedy special, titled Freezing Hot, in 2015.

    In 2008, Shlesinger became the youngest contestant ever to win Last Comic Standing. She’s gone on to snag her own half-hour Comedy Central special and has made appearances on John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show. Laughspin interviewed Shlesinger last year as she was releasing War Paint. If our chat is any indication, the Dallas native will have plenty of fodder to popular scripts for Forever 31. When we asked if she’s the type of person who prefers to be in a relationship as opposed to just dating around, here’s what she said:

    “I do. And the other thing is when we’re in your 20s nobody wants to be in a relationship. And the other thing – and this started when I was in middle school – women have been condemned and chastised for wanting to be in relationships. Guys will say in college that they don’t want to be pressured, they don’t want to settle down. Women have evolved and there’s this new kind of woman now where it’s like, ‘I don’t want to settle down either.’ They’re responding to men’s opinion. They don’t want to be cornered, they don’t want to be pinned down. So now you have men and women actively avoiding each other and not settling down. It’s a weird phenomenon we’re experiencing. The whole reason women want to be in a relationship is chemical. They have a biological clock and by like 45, you’re done. It’s a very small window to get married and have a baby and men are always like, ‘She’s pressuring me to have a baby.’ Yeah! The window is closing. Shit’s gonna dry up, son.”

    Check out a clip from Shlesinger‘s War Paint below!

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    Dylan P. Gadino

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