Netflix has confirmed its new workplace comedy series God’s Favourite Idiot featuring from celebrity couple Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone will be filmed in Australia.
Produced by Ben Falcone and Melissa McCarthy, God’s Favorite Idiot is a workplace comedy about a mid-level Tech support employee Clark Thompson (Falcone) who finds love with co-worker Amily Luck (McCarthy) at exactly the same time he becomes the unwitting messenger of God.
The cast for the Netflix comedy will also feature Yanic Truesdale (Gilmore Girls), Usman Ally (68 Whiskey), Ana Scotney (Educators), Chris Sandiford (What We Do in the Shadows) and Steve Mallory (The Boss).
God’s Favorite Idiot is coming to Australia with a $10 million grant from the Federal Government’s $540 million Location Incentive program.
The series will be filmed in New South Wales with production expected to employ more than 300 talented Australian cast and crew.
God’s Favorite Idiot will also engage the services of approximately 1,000 Australian businesses, including screen industry vendors, construction, hotels, restaurants, and rental car services.
Ben Falcone and Melissa McCarthy said,
“To have the opportunity to safely film our show in a beautiful country like Australia is a dream come true. We love this country, and the talented people who live and work here.”
Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said the production anticipates to inject more than $74 million into the Australian economy.
“God’s Favorite Idiot will continue the pipeline of Netflix productions being made in Australia with support from the Government’s Location Incentive, building on the success of Clickbait, Escape from Spiderhead and Pieces of Her,”
“These global productions continue to provide opportunities for the Australian screen industry. With the excellent reputation of our cast and crew, complemented by Australia’s careful management of COVID-19, the Location Incentive is generating return business that is growing and enhancing our sector.”
New South Wales Minister for the Arts, Don Harwin added,