Between Blossom and The Big Bang Theory, noone can deny that Mayim Bialik is a comedy juggernaut – and now she’s leading the cast for series Call Me Kat.
Currently in production, the series already looks like it’s hilarious, which is easy to guess considering it’s roughly based on UK favourite, Miranda.
Now that filming is underway and with the excitement building, we felt like it was time to round up what we know so far.
Here’s what’s coming up on Call Me Kat, who will be joining Mayim in the cast, and when we can expect to see it on our screens.
What is Call Me Kat about and how is it related to Miranda?
Call Me Kat is a slapstick comedy based loosely around BBC series Miranda, which starred Miranda Hart as she handled life and her growing love of chef-next-door, Gary (Tom Ellis).
Moving the story over the to the US, Call Me Kat – originally titled Carla – is based in Louisville, Kentucky and will see Kat (played by Mayim) battling her overbearing mother after deciding to open a cat cafe instead of getting married.
Helped along by her friends and an ever-growing crush, it’s definitely keeping in with the themes of the original show – just with a fresh new twist.
A built-set series, Call Me Kat will be mainly based around two main locations – a bit like the Big Bang Theory – with Kat’s apartment, and the cat shop being where most of the action takes place.
Jim Parsons, who also starred on Big Bang as Sheldon, will be helping produce the project.
Who is in the cast with Mayim Bialik?
She’s joined in the cast by some all-star favourites as well as some newer names.
American Horror Story star Cheyenne Jackson will star alongside Mayim as Max, who could be the American answer to Tom Ellis’s Gary.
Speaking about the role, Cheyenne told Metro Weekly in the US: ’It’s honestly my dream. It’s what I’ve been wanting to do, a multi-cam, something light.
‘After doing American Horror Story, I wanted to shift gears for a bit. And this is the sweetest, most delicious project.’
Julian Gant, who’s previously featured on Key and Peele and Good Girls, will play a man named Carter.
Will and Grace alum Leslie Jordan will play Phil, and has been sharing the fun he’s been having on set online, including joining Mayim on her podcast in the run up to the series.
Swoosie Kurtz will play Sheila, who is presumably playing Kat’s mother. She is best known as playing Sebastian’s hard-nosed psychiatrist at the beginning of Cruel Intentions.
Until earlier this year, she also had a regular spot on Man With A Plan alongside Friends’ Matt Le Blanc.
Are they using real cats on set?
No – not entirely. While a cat cafe typically means using a lot of cats, animals on set and cruelty laws means it’s probably far from the best idea.
Instead, the show has recruited the help of incredibly lifelike toys, which were specially created to give the cafe some life.
When is Call Me Kat released?
Luckily for us, Call Me Kat is not that far away from being released onto the world – with Mayim confirming the series will launch in January.
It will air on the Fox network in the US, but unfortunately for the British and international viewers, as a release date is yet to be confirmed.
But seeing as it’s based on a UK fave, we can’t expect we’ll be waiting for long…
Call Me Kat launches in January on Fox.
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