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Griffin takes ‘D-List’ life story to NBC

Comedian's standup routine lands show

Reality goddess Kathy Griffin’s so-called life is about to go primetime.

Griffin has revived plans to develop a sitcom at NBC based on her life as a low-rent celebrity. “The D-List” is based on her popular weekly standup routine at the Laugh Factory, where she’s earned raves by telling brutally honest stories about her run-ins with the famous and infamous.

“I’ll be playing Kathy Griffin, the girl who was on ‘Suddenly Susan’ and ‘Celebrity Mole,’ ” she said. “My goal is to get back on the C-minus list.”

Griffin had been developing a similar project through the Peacock’s alternative department last winter (Daily Variety, Jan. 17), but the half-hour fell by the wayside.

Thesp, who hosts the upcoming NBC reality skein “Average Joe,” said “The D-List” found new life after NBC Entertainment prexy Jeff Zucker caught one of her Wednesday night comedy routines.

As a result, Griffin sealed a holding deal with the Peacock, and “The D-List” is now being developed by NBC’s comedy department as a three-camera scripted laffer.

“Kathy Griffin is the ultimate D-level celebrity, which is why we gave her a D-level deal and are modestly interested in her project,” quipped NBC Entertainment prexy Jeff Zucker.

In response, Griffin said she hoped to fly under Zucker’s radar.

“That’s my goal, for Jeff Zucker to barely know what’s going on,” she said. “You tell Jeff Zucker that if he doesn’t treat me right, I can go over to WE, where I can write my own ticket. That’s Women’s Entertainment, by the way.”

Besides Griffin starring as herself, other characters will mirror the people surrounding her, including her parents and husband.

“They’re used to it by now, they’re so beaten down,” she said.

Griffin said she would meet with various writers in the coming weeks. Her wish list includes scribe Cheryl Holliday, although Holliday is presently committed to another Peacock project, the animated “Father of the Pride.”

“I don’t know if she’s available anymore, but I like her, she likes me,” she said.

Griffin, who’s repped by UTA, spent four years on “Suddenly Susan.” She was also a voice on “Dilbert,” hosted a reality-themed recap show on MTV and emceed the Billboard Music Awards.