Billy Porter is Developing a Black Hollywood-Themed Script Fruits of Thy Labor

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Pose alum Billy Porter and Dan McCabe are developing a drama script entitled Fruits of Thy Labor for Peacock. The story, which explores a Black family’s multi-generational imprint in Hollywood, also comes from Berlanti Productions.

Peacock has given a script development deal for the one-hour family drama, which Porter and McCabe will write, but Porter is not attached to star. The logline reads: Fruits of Thy Lavor is a family drama that follows three generations of an African-American showbiz dynasty navigating their way through life, love, politics, and career.

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Fruits of Thy Labor is Porter’s first foray into television series writing. It also marks as a reunion of sorts for Porter and Berlanti. Porter starred in the 2000 film The Broken Hearts Club, which Berlanti wrote and directed as his film debut.

Porter and McCabe will also executive produce with Berlanti Productions’ Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and David Madden. Warner Bros. TV, where Berlanti Prods. is based, is the studio. Berlanti’s Jonathan Gabay is the producer. The project is Porter and McCabe’s second collaboration. They previously worked together on McCabe’s play The Purists, which Porter directed.

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Porter just finished off his three-season run on FX’s Pose. He starred as series regular Prey Tell for which he won the lead drama actor Emmy in 2019.  Up next he will make his directorial debut with the coming-of-age story What If? from a screenplay by Alvaro García Lecuona for Orion Pictures.  He will also star as the Fairy Godmother opposite Camila Cabello in Sony’s Cinderella which is set to premiere on Amazon this fall. He will voice Audrey II in Warner Bros. upcoming musical update of Little Shop of Horrors.

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