Kaley Cuoco to star in comedic thriller series on Peacock, ‘Based on a True Story’

On the heels of her comment that there probably won’t be a third season of The Flight Attendant, Kaley Cuoco has been cast in a new leading role that sounds… remarkably like The Flight Attendant. Just kidding, but it is described as a “comedic thriller,” which does sound familiar.

The show, which will air on Peacock, is called Based on a True Story. It’s said to be inspired by something that really happened involving a realtor, a plumber, and a former tennis star. Kaley will play a married woman that may or may not be one of the three aforementioned characters.

Kaley Cuoco has been cast in a leading role in “Based on a True Story,” Peacock’s upcoming comedic thriller series from Craig Rosenberg.

Inspired by an actual event, “Based on a True Story” is about a realtor, a plumber and a former tennis star whose lives unexpectedly collide, exposing America’s obsession with true crime, murder and the slow close toilet seat.

Cuoco will play a married woman named Ava Bartlett. All other details are being kept under wraps.

Most recently, Cuoco has starred in HBO Max’s “The Flight Attendant,” earning an Emmy nomination for lead comedy actress for Season 2, which concluded in May. Up next, she will star in the thriller film “Role Play” directed by Thomas Vincent. She is repped by SDB Partners, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller, Gellman, Meigs & Fox.

“Based on a True Story” was given a straight-to-series order in April.

[From Variety]

Details are scant aside from Kaley’s character name. Ava Barlett. Sounds fancy. And something about “America’s obsession with true crime, murder, and the slow close toilet seat?” I’m only interested in two of those things. Just that line alone has made me afraid to Google to find out what the inspiration was. I don’t want my ads to become filled with toilet imagery. I like that they’re keeping the premise quiet and the few details available are intriguing. When Peacock ordered the show to series, the president of UCP described it thusly: “There are some true stories that are stranger than fiction as is the case for the events that inspire this show. It is a twisted, thrilling and incredibly funny series that combines the comic and suspense talents of the dream team of Craig Rosenberg, Jason Bateman, Michael Costigan and Roxie Rodriguez to create the perfect show for Peacock.” My interest is officially piqued. Is Kaley Cuoco becoming the queen of streaming comedy thrillers? If that’s going to be her new niche, it’s a good move for her.

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  1. sue says:

    I feel bad for the families of the subjects of these “comedic” true crime movies/shows.

    • equality says:

      That’s what I was thinking.

    • Christine says:

      Yes. A lot of families have come forward recently about how they’ve been treated and how their family trauma is played off as a huge joke. The Thing About Pam comes to mind. Family members are furious and have been actively vocal about it.

  2. Christine says:

    I love Kaley, ever since I watched The Flight Attendant. This show sounds pretty close to The Flight Attendant, at least in the way comedic thriller sounds to me. I never liked The Big Bang Theory so I am glad to see her elsewhere.

  3. North of Boston says:

    I wonder if the move from working with HBO Max with TFA to a project with a different streaming service is partly due to whatever is going on with Warner/HBO Max?

    This sounds interesting, even though I’m not usually a fan of true-crime based stuff.

    If execs are spinning up projects based on real life events, I’d rather it be non-crimey/murdery- more over came the odds, did something interesting stories.
    Like a few years back there was a local family-owned grocery store chain, with feuding cousins battling for power: the bottom line obsessed cousin forced the other and started slashing jobs, benefits (likely to improve the balance sheet to sell to a conglomerate). Many employees went on strike (there were some other shady shenanigans that were going on internally that kicked it off, can’t remember the details), customers stopped shopping there, and would stop by to tape their long grocery receipts from other stores on the windows of the empty stores.

    After months of this, losing money, the cousin-in-power stepped down, the employee-and-customer friendly cousin came back in and reinstalled the employee benefits plus an automatic 4% discount for customers for like a year as a thank you.

    Maybe not as sexy as self-closing toilets or WtH Ryan Murphy stuff likes to glam up into a salacious miniseries, but I’d watch it with the right cast lol

  4. ArtMaven says:

    I was very pleasantly surprised by The Flight Attendant.

  5. TeamMeg says:

    I fell in love with KC on Flight Attendant. Might have to subscribe to Peacock when Based on a True Story premiers! ❤️

  6. Lisbeth says:

    I always root for her!