Chaikin is known best for playing the role of Darlene in USA Network’s “Mr. Robot” and co-starring as Dalia Royce in ABC’s “Suburgatory.” Chaikin not only wrote “Messy,” but will also star in the dark comedy about a mother-daughter duo that organizes houses for a living (the irony is that both of their lives are total messes). Chaikin will play the daughter.
“Carly Chaikin has written a refreshingly original comedy that very much taps into the zeitgeist. Its boldness and uniquely surreal humor make it a perfect fit for Miramax, and we are thrilled to collaborate with Carly, Liz Brixius and Bowen & Sons on bringing this to the screen,” said Marc Helwig, Miramax head of worldwide television, in a statement, who stepped into the senior role earlier in 2020.
“This is such a dream come true and I couldn’t be more excited to have found such an incredible partner in Miramax. Their unwavering support of not only me but of all-original stories and voices – especially those of female filmmakers and artists – is so rare. Working with them as well as Liz, Julie and Rachael to help bring this story to life has just been incredible. I can’t wait for audiences to see this show and hopefully relate to the ‘messy’ lives and relationships surrounding these characters,” Chaikin added.
Per Brixius, the series is made up of predominantly female characters who are “uniquely dysfunctional,” as the plot follows a daughter as she attempts to navigate not only her messy life but also the dysfunctional relationship she has with her mother. “Carly’s contemporary take on the blurry line between mental wellness and mental illness is absolutely refreshing,” Bowen noted in a statement.
Chaikin is repped by ICM, Berwick & Kovacik, and Goodman Genow.
The development of “Messy” follows a year of ownership changes and executive shifts at the television production company. In April 2020, ViacomCBS and BeIN Media Group closed a $375 million deal, which gave the former conglomerate a 49% stake in Miramax, while the latter conglomerate would continue to retain its 51% stake in the company, which it acquired in 2016.
(Pictured: Carly Chaikin)