Molly Shannon to Inhabit Ex-Nun Role in New HBO Comedy

by | November 3, 2010 at 12:07 PM | HBO, TV News

Molly Shannon (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Molly Shannon (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Looks like Molly Shannon is sticking to old Catholic habits.

Deadline is reporting HBO is developing a new comedy from ‘Simpsons‘ writer-producer Tim Long with 46-year-old Shannon as the lead.

Shannon’s character is described as “a nun who makes the difficult decision to leave the convent and confront life in the outside world.” She “became a nun after getting her heart broken at 18. Now she is an utterly innocent woman in her early 40s who has never had sex and has to discover the modern world in all of its tawdriness.”

“It’s James Joyce meets Judd Apatow — a female 40-Year-Old Virgin with a huge dollop of Catholic weirdness thrown in,” Long told Deadline, adding it “will be outrageously funny — it’s Molly Shannon, for crying out loud — but it’ll also be a serious look at a woman who’s 40 but emotionally still in her teens and who needs to get wise very quickly.”

Shannon is no stranger to playing awkward religious-leaning characters. Her most memorable role was as the calamity-prone Catholic school girl Mary Katherine Gallagher on ‘Saturday Night Live.’

Shannon recently appeared on Monday’s ‘Women of SNL‘ reunion special. Her short-lived NBC comedy ‘Kath & Kim‘ was canceled after its first season in 2009.

Watch a clip of Shannon as Mary Katherine below: