Former 'Whisperer' sets new TV projects
Now that she’s no longer whispering to ghosts, Jennifer Love Hewitt has been busy behind the camera developing several TV projects.Through her Fedora Films shingle, Hewitt and production partner A.J. Rinella have set up comedies at ABC and Fox, as well as a series adaptation of her TV film “The Client List” at Lifetime. At ABC, Hewitt is behind “Bad Taste in Men,” from scribe Austin Weinberg. The single-camera half-hour comedy centers on a Chicago woman who’s been unable to find the right guy and settle down. Hewitt is exec producing with Rinella, Brillstein Entertainment’s Peter Traugott and Untitled Entertainment’s Dannielle Thomas. ABC Studios, where Fedora has a first-look deal, would produce. In the case of “The Client List,” Lifetime is looking to develop a fresh take on the TV movie, which starred Hewitt as a Texas housewife who becomes a prostitute. “The Client List” posted Lifetime’s second-highest audience for an original TV movie this year. Jordan Budde (“90210″) will write the series project, which will offer a new take on the idea — originally based on a Texas Monthly magazine article. Hewitt, Rinella, Thomas and Howard Braunstein (whose Jaffe-Braunstein shingle produced the movie) are all exec producers. Then there’s the untitled comedy project at Fox, which is being written by Tiffany Paulson. Single-camera laffer is a romantic comedy told from the p.o.v. of a career-driven woman. Walt Becker is exec producing with Rinella, Dana Dubois and Walt Becker. Hewitt will be seen in the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie “The Lost Valentine” opposite Betty White. Telepic will air on CBS in early 2011. Hyperion recently published Hewitt’s book, “The Day I Shot Cupid.”
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