Betsy Thomas to produce sitcom based on magazine column
NBC is looking to turn an Esquire magazine column into a primetime sitcom.The Peacock has given a script order to an untitled laffer based on the regular Esquire feature “Ten Things You Don’t Know About Women.” Betsy Thomas (“My Boys”) will write and exec produce, while Sean Hayes’ Hazy Mills shingle is also attached. Universal Media Studios is behind the project, which would be exec produced by Thomas, Hayes and Hayes’ production partner, Todd Milliner. Sitcom will revolve around three sisters — one married, one newly divorced and one perpetually single. Untitled project is part of a larger trend this development season, as several magazine adaptations are in the works at the nets — including at least one other entry from the pages of Esquire. Over at CBS, the Eye is adapting A.J. Jacobs’ Esquire article “Raising Men” into a half-hour comedy (Daily Variety, Nov. 16). Esquire’s “Ten Things You Don’t Know About Women” is an irreverent column that asks famous women to share dating tips and other advice for guys on how to understand the opposite sex. Celebs recently featured in the column have included Mindy Kaling, Wanda Sykes, Kathryn Hahn, Emily Deschanel, Kim Cattrall, Leslie Mann and Connie Britton. Thomas has a workplace comedy set up at ABC through Jamie Tarses and Sony. Her credits include “Then Came You” and “My So-Called Life” in addition to “My Boys.” Hazy Mills is behind TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland.” Past productions include Bravo’s “Situation: Comedy.”
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