Laverne Cox and George Wallace‘s long wait is over. Their comedy series Clean Slate has landed a series order at Amazon Freevee after making the rounds between networks since January 2020, where it was initially set to be an NBCUniversal production. That the show has been in limbo since before COVID-19 hit most of the world proves how long the duo have been waiting.
Norman Lear‘s Act III Productions and Sony Pictures Television will officially be producing the show, which will tell the story of Henry (Wallace), a hardworking car wash owner who misses how things used to be, carries out his daily business with a curmudgeonly flair, and keeps his longtime customers more than satisfied with the final product.
But Henry gets the surprise of his life when he finds out that his estranged child will be returning to Alabama after almost two decades away. The pair left things on a bad note but Henry is thrilled to see them again. However, the reunion will be a growing experience for both when his child returns as a proud trans woman named Desiree (Cox).
Together, the two try to repair their relationship with Henry learning more than one life lesson along the way. Cox and Wallace have written the series themselves alongside Dan Ewen (Playing with Fire).
Cox is best known for her role in Orange is the New Black but has also been an outspoken advocate for trans rights, earning awards such as the Claire Skiffington Vanguard Award from Transgender Law Center, which recognizes transgender community members who have been part of the movement’s vanguard.
This year she’s been a series regular on Netflix series Inventing Anna, while she’s also recently appeared in films such as Jolt and Promising Young Woman. She was also just cast in dystopian fantasy film Uglies alongside Joey King and Keith Powers.
Wallace is a legendary comedy figure with a career spanning decades. He’s appeared in Seinfeld, Scrubs, and films such as The Ladykillers and Batman Forever.
While it’s taken far longer than they would have hoped, it’s great that Cox and Wallace’s project finally has a home. No release date has been set for Clean Slate.