Paramount Television and Anonymous Content are developing a series, based on Caitlin Doughty’s memoir “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: and Other Lessons.”
“Nurse Jackie” co-creator Evan Dunsky will serve as the showrunner and writer on the pilot and series.
The New York Times bestselling memoir, published by W.W. Norton & Company, follows Doughty, a twentysomething mortician with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre who takes a job at a crematory, turning her morbid curiosity into her life’s work. Now a licensed mortician with an alternative funeral practice, she argues that our fear of dying warps our culture and society, and calls for better ways of dealing with death.
“Writing a memoir is such a private, personal experience that it’s intimidating to think of adapting it for television,” Doughty said, “But everyone involved, from Evan Dunsky, to Anonymous, to Paramount, has been so open, collaborative and intelligent through this process. It’s obvious they get me and they get the book.”
“Caitlin is one of the most original literary voices of our day, and we take great pride in collaborating with her to create a show that explores her unique perspective on death with the same humorous and engaging style that defines her memoir,” said Amy Powell, Paramount Television president. “We are also thrilled to be partnering with Evan and Anonymous Content on this project. Evan is an enormous talent, and it was clear from the moment he met Caitlin they were kindred spirits who share the same vision and passion for bringing this book to television.”
Anonymous Content’s Kerry Kohansky-Roberts, who will serve as an exec producer with Rosalie Swedlin and Alex Goldstone, added: “Caitlin’s honest, self-effacing humor had us hooked. We knew after the first read that we wanted to be involved in bringing her fascinating journey to television, and have found the perfect partners in Evan and Paramount.”
Dunsky commented, “It’s a very rare thing to be given material of such emotional depth, wit, warmth and clear-eyed sense of purpose. Caitlin is extraordinary in every sense of the word. We look forward to turning her vision into a terrific show. I’m thrilled to be a part of this team.”
Doughty will serve as a consulting producer on the project.
She is repped by Anna Sproul-Latimer of the Ross Yoon Agency and Jody Hotchkiss of Hotchkiss & Associates. Dunsky is repped by CAA, Anonymous Content and Adam Kaller.