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HBO slates Star’s ‘Sex’

HBO, which already covers the seedy side of sex with its series “Real Sex,” is now targeting upscale action. HBO has made a deal to use “Sex and the City,” a regular column in the New York Observer by Candace Bushnell, as the basis for a new dramatic series to be written and executive produced by Darren Star, whose past creations include “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Melrose Place.”

Sources said HBO’s original programming head Chris Albrecht has greenlit six episodes, to shoot as early as the spring in New York.

The series will be inspired by Bushnell’s chronicle of the romantic exploits of Manhattan’s denizens, which she also turned into a book. Sources said the series will be semi-fictional, but could certainly be turned into an upscale version of “Melrose Place.” But the subjects aren’t in the same social strata as Star’s “Central Park West,” which didn’t fly as a CBS series.

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