You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

The CW Developing Erotic Novelist Comedy Based on Author Abby McDonald

The CW is developing a comedy based on novelist Abby McDonald, Variety has learned.

Part of the story will be inspired by McDonald’s real life experiences. Writing as Melody Grace, her self-published romance debut “Unbroken” hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2013, and her “Beachwood Bay” series has since become an international bestseller, scoring over 2 million downloads, and charting at #1 on iBooks around the world.

The series, titled “Bestseller,” will follow a risk-averse aspiring author who self-publishes an erotic novel under a pen name. It becomes a surprise best seller, complicating her work life and personal relationships, and inspiring her to act more boldly as she navigates her new double life.

McDonald is also the author of the cult YA thriller “Dangerous Girls” (as Abigail Haas), and adult titles “The Popularity Rules,” “The Liberation of Alice Love,” and “The Oxford Inheritance.” On the film side, she most recently penned the adaptation of the Nicole Kear memoir “Now You See Me,” from Tucker Tooley and Entertainment One.

McDonald will write and serve as an executive producer. Frank Marshall and Robert Zotnowski of The Kennedy/Marshall Company and Gary Unger of Exile Entertainment will executive produce. CBS Television Studios in association with Kennedy Marshall Company and Exile Entertainment

McDonald is repped by Paradigm, Ungar and Tanya Mallean of Skrzyniarz & Mallean. The Kennedy/Marshall Company is represented by CAA and attorney Alan Hergott.

More TV

  • imagine dragons

    Imagine Dragons Rules TV Ads With 'Believer,' 'Thunder'

    The CW is developing a comedy based on novelist Abby McDonald, Variety has learned. Part of the story will be inspired by McDonald’s real life experiences. Writing as Melody Grace, her self-published romance debut “Unbroken” hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2013, and her “Beachwood Bay” series has since become an international bestseller, scoring over 2 […]

  • Jon Barnthal Remote Controlled Podcast

    Remote Controlled: 'The Punisher' Star Jon Bernthal on Why the Role Scared Him

    The CW is developing a comedy based on novelist Abby McDonald, Variety has learned. Part of the story will be inspired by McDonald’s real life experiences. Writing as Melody Grace, her self-published romance debut “Unbroken” hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2013, and her “Beachwood Bay” series has since become an international bestseller, scoring over 2 […]

  • Songs for Screens Powered by Mac

    Songs For Screens: Active Child Offers Woke Spiritualism; Sonos Hosts A Deee-Lite-ful Dance Party

    The CW is developing a comedy based on novelist Abby McDonald, Variety has learned. Part of the story will be inspired by McDonald’s real life experiences. Writing as Melody Grace, her self-published romance debut “Unbroken” hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2013, and her “Beachwood Bay” series has since become an international bestseller, scoring over 2 […]

  • Hakeem Kae-Kazim to Play Cesil Colby

    Hakeem Kae-Kazim to Play Cesil Colby in ‘Dynasty’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    The CW is developing a comedy based on novelist Abby McDonald, Variety has learned. Part of the story will be inspired by McDonald’s real life experiences. Writing as Melody Grace, her self-published romance debut “Unbroken” hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2013, and her “Beachwood Bay” series has since become an international bestseller, scoring over 2 […]

  • HBO Snapchat Black Friday

    HBO's Black Friday Buy: A Snapchat Story Telling You to Stream Instead of Shop

    The CW is developing a comedy based on novelist Abby McDonald, Variety has learned. Part of the story will be inspired by McDonald’s real life experiences. Writing as Melody Grace, her self-published romance debut “Unbroken” hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2013, and her “Beachwood Bay” series has since become an international bestseller, scoring over 2 […]

  • Unfinished 'Doctor Who' Episode Is Finally

    Unfinished 'Doctor Who' Episode Is Finally Completed - 38 Years Later

    The CW is developing a comedy based on novelist Abby McDonald, Variety has learned. Part of the story will be inspired by McDonald’s real life experiences. Writing as Melody Grace, her self-published romance debut “Unbroken” hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2013, and her “Beachwood Bay” series has since become an international bestseller, scoring over 2 […]

  • Mandatory Credit: Photo by Dave Shopland/BPI/REX/Shutterstock

    CBS, Dish Resolve Carriage Dispute

    The CW is developing a comedy based on novelist Abby McDonald, Variety has learned. Part of the story will be inspired by McDonald’s real life experiences. Writing as Melody Grace, her self-published romance debut “Unbroken” hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2013, and her “Beachwood Bay” series has since become an international bestseller, scoring over 2 […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content