Bette Midler and Issa Rae Join Cast of Virtual Comedy Special 'Coastal Elites'
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The HBO venture, which teams up director Jay Roach and writer Paul Rudnick, will focus on how the characters' lives in New York and Los Angeles have been altered by the coronavirus pandemic.

AceShowbiz - Bette Midler and Issa Rae are set to star in a new virtual comedy special set during the coronavirus pandemic.

The star-studded cast, also including Dan Levy and Sarah Paulson, will team with director Jay Roach and writer Paul Rudnick for the HBO venture, titled "Coastal Elites". The event will center on characters from New York and Los Angeles and focus on how their lives have been altered by the pandemic.

"Paul Rudnick and Jay Roach bring their razor-sharp perspective and wit to HBO," said HBO Programming president Casey Bloys. "We are thrilled to partner with them in telling this story, which is uniquely resonant for these times."

The venture, which will premiere in September, joins other coronavirus-themed scripted shows that are being developed during the lockdown, including the filmed-from-home mystery "The Agoraphobics Detective Society", starring Brian Cox.

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