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Novelist booked for TV

CWM signs Hiaasen for skein

Carsey-Werner-Mandabach is taking another stab at getting into the drama business, signing novelist Carl Hiaasen (“Striptease,” “Sick Puppy”) to develop an hour-long series.

Project will probably be in the vein of Hiaasen’s saucy books, which mix crime fiction with the colorful world of South Florida. His novel “Striptease” was turned into the 1996 film starring Demi Moore and Burt Reynolds.

“We are so excited about working with Carl,” said CWM partner Caryn Mandabach. “He has a unique voice and his stories are always a riveting blend of comedy and action.”

No network is yet attached to the project, which would rep Carsey-Werner-Manadabach’s first hour-long series. The indie production company has specialized in half-hour comedies (“The Cosby Show,” “That ’70s Show”) but hasn’t had similar luck in the hour-long genre.

CWM last attempted an hour-long version of the film “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” in the mid-1990s. At the time, ABC agreed to a 13-episode commitment for the project but “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” never got off the ground.

Hiaasen, who also writes for the Miami Herald, most recently released “Kick Ass,” a compilation of columns he penned for the newspaper. Hiaasen also wrote the bestsellers “Double Whammy,” “Skin Tight,” “Native Tongue,” “Stormy Weather” and “Lucky You.”

He also wrote the 1998 book “Team Rodent: How Disney Devours the World,” which looked at Disney’s Florida operations. Hiaasen is repped by ICM.

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