Kathryn Hahn will play Joan Rivers in a limited series set in the 80s

Red carpet fashion pioneer Joan Rivers was robbed from us at 81 by medical malpractice. She wasn’t properly attended to during an endoscopy in 2014 and died of preventable causes. Joan had many years of snark left in her and I’m still upset at how she passed. That’s just what came to mind as I read this news about a limited series about Joan coming to Showtime. It’s will star Kathryn Hahn as the late great comedienne, and Hahn will also produce. The series will be set in the late 80s when Rivers lost her husband to suicide and after she hosted The Late Show. It’s called “The Comeback Girl.” Here’s more from Page Six:

Kathryn Hahn… is set to play the late comedienne in the limited series “The Comeback Girl.”

The series will premiere on Showtime and Hahn, 48, will produce, according to Variety. “Riverdale” producer Greg Berlanti is on hand to direct the show.

The miniseries is set after “The Late Show” cancellation, which occurred around the same time Rivers’ husband, Edgar Rosenberg, who was the show’s producer, died by suicide in 1987.

“Trailblazer. Adored. Cruel. Diva. Joan Rivers had a life like no other,” the logline for “The Comeback Girl” reads. “At age 54, she was a superstar comedienne…and then it all fell apart. ‘The Comeback Girl’ is the awe-inspiring untold story of how Joan Rivers persevered through near suicide and professional abyss to rebuild herself and her career to become a global icon.”

Rivers died in 2014 at the age of 81, after she stopped breathing during throat surgery.

[Rivers] made many appearances on “The Tonight Show” from the 1960s until the ’80s. In 1986, she aspired to have her own late-night show and went to Fox to pitch “The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers.”

This act led to a feud with iconic “Tonight Show” host Johnny Carson, but Rivers got her wish and hosted “The Late Show” for one season.

[From Page Six]

It sounds like this will honor Rivers’ spirit and journey and I’m so looking forward to it. Hahn is an incredible actress and she loves the 80s. I bet the costuming, hair and makeup will all be spot on too. Hopefully it will have kitsch as well as heart. The Variety piece which Page Six references doesn’t mention Joan’s daughter Melissa at all. I’m hoping she will at least be consulted. I know it’s tricky to get surviving family’s input but Melissa was so close to her mom and can give a lot of insight. I checked Melissa’s Instagram and she hasn’t mentioned this series yet though. She does have a lot of tributes to her late mom. I think of Joan whenever I’m slogging through another awards season.

Joan was one of us.

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  1. USAF retired says:

    I’ll watch this! Joan wasn’t my favorite but she was amazing in her own way.

    I don’t know if this is true, but one of my favorite series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, is supposedly based on Joan River’s life.
    I think Kathryn can pull it off.

  2. LaUnicaAngelina says:

    Oooohhh I bet this’ll be good!

  3. Alexandria says:

    This piques my interest big time.

  4. Lady Baden-Baden says:

    You had me at “Kathryn Hahn”

  5. Noki says:

    My sister and Ioved her,we always said she would have made it to a 100. How she died was so foul and sad.

  6. Mac says:

    As a business owner, I have always followed Joan’s rules: no money, no funny; no pay, no play; no cash, no laugh.

  7. Lena says:

    I like this idea for Hahn but wish the idea came out before Hacks. Hacks isn’t a complete take off on Joan but certainly is inspired by her, and watching it that’s who I kept thinking of. It’s just a big comparison to start off with because Hacks is so good.

  8. Daphne says:

    I never have enough Hahn in my life. She is a scene stealer in every movie she’s in.

  9. Southern Fried says:

    Hahn doing Joan thank you baby jesus

  10. Sof says:

    Yes, I can’t wait to watch this.
    I was surprised at the lack of recognition Joan got after her passing!

  11. Ariel says:

    The best media about Joan is her own documentary- Piece of Work. It is fantastic and she really did work so hard. I know she didn’t die young, but she still had good years of work and life that was cut short.

  12. Isabella says:

    I saw Joan once at the LA airport and she looked exactly the way she did on TV. Fun, down to earth. She was with a man and she was yakking away, making him laugh.

    Agree that Hahn is amazing.

  13. Juniper says:

    Fun fact: Her cousin George worked for Joan Rivers as her social media manager until she passed away. He’s got a following on Instagram where he makes fun of antivaxxers.

    • Blueskies says:

      George is sublime! So talented and smart, it obviously runs in the family. He’s incredibly proud of Kathryn and has been happily posting about this series.

  14. Lex says:

    Hahha I love Hahn in Parks & Rec, great character. She was also understated great in What Happens in Vegas – “i literally threw up in my own purse… sooo…..”

  15. Sumodo1 says:

    Joan Rivers was a role model for my sister and me—I could write several pages on how she impacted my sister Debbie’s life directly and mine, indirectly. Left me just say that a more generous person doesn’t exist. Kathryn Hahn will produce & star so you know we’ll be watching.