Ben Falcone, husband and colleague Melissa, under whose direction they already Tammy – fully departed turned has, places with the boss (OT: the boss) before his second directing. US actor had in the past repeatedly in smaller roles in Melissa films surfaced, for example in Taffe girls (2013), fully ripped off (2013), bride alarm (2011), an episode of Gilmore Girls (2003) and also his own film Tammy – full left (2014). Also, Kathy and Melissa knew each other previously from the collaboration in Tammy and an episode of Mike & Molly.
The idea for the story of the boss, who originally was titled Michelle Darnell, Melissa and Ben developed together and associated screenplay together with Steve Mallory. As a template for the role they had a kind of Oprah in mind.