Michelle Buteau’s book of essays, Survival of the Thickest, is being turned into a Netflix series.
The 8-episode comedy series will follow Mavis Beaumont (Buteau). “Black, plus-size and newly single, Mavis unexpectedly finds herself having to rebuild her life after putting all her eggs in one man’s basket, but she’s determined to not only survive but thrive with the support of her chosen family, a positive attitude, and a cute v-neck with some lip gloss.”
The show was created by Buteau and Danielle Sanchez-Witzel, who will also be serving as showrunner and executive producer. And of course, this isn’t Buteau’s first time partnering with Netflix, as she also hosts The Circle. Plus, she got her own special with the streamer, Welcome to Buteaupia, back in 2020.
“It’s been so damn amazing finding a home with Netflix,” said Buteau. “To say I’m excited to continue my relationship with them is an understatement. I’m over the moon and I’m under it. Danielle has been a dream partner and I can’t wait to share what we’ve been cooking up.”
“Michelle Buteau is many things: a brilliant writer, a gifted stand-up comedian and an empowering performer,” said Tracy Pakosta, Head of Comedy at Netflix. “But above all else, she is one of the funniest people alive. Paired with Danielle Sanchez-Witzel — one of TV’s sharpest visionaries — Survival of the Thickest will bring Michelle’s unique point of view to life.”