Big things are continuing to unfold for Natasha Rothwell.
Onyx Collective gave her comedy series How to Die Alone a straight to series order at Hulu. Rothwell will write and star in the series. She will also co-showrun the comedy along with Vera Santamaria.
The eight-part, half-hour series follows Melissa (Rothwell), a fat, black, neurotic who’s never been in love. After a comical brush with death, she refuses to settle for anything less than the life she wants, catapulting her on a journey to becoming “100% that bitch” in real life by any means necessary.
Rothwell and Santamaria will also exec produce alongside Desiree Akhaven. The project is the first to come from Rothwell’s Big Hattie Productions at Onyx and ABC Signature.
The project hails from Onyx Collective which is Disney’s recently launched brand, dedicated to releasing work from creators of color and underrepresented voices. Led by Tara Duncan, Onyx Collective will be presented as a content brand on Hulu. Onyx Collective has been busy with projects. Their first scripted series, the legal drama Reasonable Doubt premiered on Hulu in September. They also dropped the Oscar-winning music doc Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised and have Mahershala Ali upcoming limited series The Doubt on their roster.
Rothwell’s best known for her series regular role on HBO’s Insecure. She also doubled as a writer and producer on the series. She most recently starred in Mike White’s Emmy-winning anthology The White Lotus and the Sonic The Hedgehog sequel. Her writing credits also include Saturday Night Live and up next she stars in Warner Bros. feature Wonka and Disney animated movie Wish.