EXCLUSIVE: With their sharp fashion sense and busy social life in Manhattan, the young ladies from the CW’s Gossip Girl often evoke Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw. Now a teen version of Bradshaw herself may be joining the CW’s lineup. I hear that the CW has emerged as the leading candidate for The Carrie Diaries, a TV series project based on Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell’s recent book about Bradshaw’s high school years. There are no deals in place, and talks are in preliminary stages, but I hear that Warner Bros TV would produce and Gossip Girl executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are being courted to shepherd the project through their Warner Bros TV-based Fake Empire banner. Former Sex and the City writer/producer Amy Harris, who is writing for Gossip Girl this season, will likely pen the adaptation.
Because it previously adapted Bushnell’s Sex and the City into a hugely popular series, HBO has the rights to The Carrie Diaries, a young-adult novel that chronicles Carrie’s senior year of high school in a small New England town. But since the book is much younger skewing than HBO’s audience, the pay cable network had been seeking another outlet for the potential series. “Discussions are underway for The Carrie Diaries, Candace Bushnell’s book about Carrie Bradshaw’s high school years, to find a home as a potential television series,” HBO said in a statement. Read More »
HBO has vastly expanded its offerings online on the site HBO GO. More than 1,400 titles will now be available, up from 600 titles previously. That represents “virtually all” of HBO’s programming inventory, including current and former signature series like True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, Entourage, The Sopranos and Sex and the City as well as features.
EXCLUSIVE: Michael Patrick King is returning to series television with a new hourlong project at NBC. In hear the broadcast network is finalizing a deal to nab the spec by the former Sex and the City showrunner quickly after it was quietly taken out in the marketplace this week. The show, which is receiving a pilot commitment, is said to be in the vein of the 1975 feature Shampoo that starred Warren Beatty. It centers on a straight Beverly Hills hairdresser in his 50s who is struggling to stay young and relevant in a place where looks are everything. The show explores men’s struggle with aging just like Sex and the City did with women’s fears of getting old. The project hails from Warner Bros. TV where King is under an overall deal. It brings him back to NBC, the last broadcast network he has worked for. King served as a consulting producer on NBC’s comedy Will & Grace before switching to cable with Sex and the City and his underrated HBO comedy The Comeback starring Lisa Kudrow.
Going to the networks with specs vs. pitches has become a preferred way of selling for TV’s big guns. J.J. Abrams has done it for the past 3 years with Fringe, Undercovers and this year’s Alcatraz. David E. Kelley also has been going out with specs, most recently with the script for his upcoming NBC series Harry’s Law. CAA-repped King spent the past 5 years … Read More »