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Jennifer Beals to produce tv drama ‘Laughs Unlimited’
Jennifer will be producing a new one hour long tv drama for cable channel HBO called “Laughs Unlimited”. The series deals with the issue of veterans who return from the Middle East with post traumatic stress disorder.
The focus of the series is Billie Crown, an Army medic who returns from serving a tour in Afghanistan only to find that her husband is divorcing her and taking custody of their daughter. The medic hides her PTSD from family and colleagues so she can be reinstated as a Sacramento police officer, and so she can reconnect with her daughter.
Navigating the pressurized world of a beat cop while trying to assimilate back into normal society turns Billie into a walking time bomb who at any moment could jeopardize her career, family and life. The title is ironic military slang, and refers to a comedy club where Billie and her fellow cops hang out to relax and blow off steam.
Producers along with Jennifer are Israeli filmmaker Oren Moverman, writer and former marine Anthony Swofford, Lauren Shuler Donner, Jack Leslie and Adena Chawke.
Jennifer herself tweeted about the news: “So I can finally tell you the good news I tweeted about a couple of months ago. I am honored to say that HBO bought the show that I developed with Oren Moverman and Lauren Shuler Donner. Go team! Really excited.”