Nunsense Pitches a Musical TV Series Starring Karen Ziemba and Beth Leavel

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We've had Nunsense, Nunsense II, Nunsense Jamboree, Nunsense A-Men, Nuncrackers and even Nunset Boulevard, but composer Dan Goggin's reported $500 million cottage (or we should say "convent") industry is now turning its sights on TV, pitching a musical TV series, according to Deadline Hollywood.

Written and executive-produced by Goggin, along with with partners Melissa Pinsly and Franklin Zitter of Frankenmel Films, "Nunsense: The TV Series" is being proposed as a 10-13 episode series that would be streamed into home video devices.

Karen Ziemba
Karen Ziemba

David Eisenberg directed a pilot that features Darlene Love as guest star and a cast that includes Tony Award winners Karen Ziemba and Beth Level; Tony nominees Dee Hoty, Lee Roy Reams and Christopher Sieber; plus Jeff Blumenkrantz, Mary Stout, Phyllis Smith, Bambi Jones and June Gable.

Deadline described the plot thus: "The continuing story finds the Little Sisters back in Hoboken, where their arts funding at Mt. St. Helen's School is about to be cut. They hear there’s a $100,000 prize for a 'Hoboken Has Talent' show in the offing. You can pretty much figure out the rest."

No deal has been struck yet, so no premiere date or TV outlet is yet available.

The show started in 1985 as an Off-Broadway novelty about the Little Sisters of Hoboken and their fictional fundraiser to bury their compatriots who went on to their great reward after coming down with food poisoning.

The sweet and slightly irreverent musical comedy eventually amassed a 3,672-performance run. Book, music and lyrics writer Goggin tried turning his hand to other projects, but none came close to the success of Nunsense, which has had a long and blessed afterlife in stock and amateur productions. Goggin eventually wrote a sequel, Nunsense II, and then another, and another, until he had completed six sequels and three spin-offs, including ones with country, Christmas and all-male themes.

All have been filmed for TV at various times.

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