“Sex and the City” may be over, but scribes Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky are staying in bed with HBO.
Duo — who spent three years on the show, most recently as producers — have inked a multiyear deal to create and develop new series for the feevee cabler. Pact is expected to yield at least one pilot contender.
Zuritsky and Rottenberg, who’ve known each other since they were 9 years old, snagged an Emmy nom for writing the 2001 “Sex and the City” episode “My Motherboard, My Self.” More recently, they penned one of the show’s final episodes, “The Ick Factor,” in which Samantha (Kim Cattrall) revealed she has cancer.
Deal will allow the two scribes to remain based in Gotham– a key point as the duo mulled their post-“Sex” career.
“I grew up in Philadelphia and am still allergic to the suburbs,” Rottenberg said. “We feel so much more inspired in New York, and HBO understood that and was willing to support that decision.”
Zuritsky and Rottenberg also noted that the creative latitude at HBO contributed to their staying put at the cabler.
“They’re sort of masters of the less-is-more philosophy,” Zuritsky said. “They let you make mistakes, and they trust you.”
First up for the duo will be creating a comedy pilot script. It will likely include themes of human relationships and friendship between women.
“Coming on the heels of ‘Sex and the City,’ we’re grappling with how to create a show that’s entirely different but about the things with which we’re obsessed,” Rottenberg said.
Before “Sex,” Rottenberg and Zuritsky developed for Studios USA (now Universal) and ABC. Their screenplay “Shrinking Violet” is set up at Revolution Studios.
Zuritsky is a former New York Post staffer who created the “Cheap Date” column and a celeb-based spinoff. Rottenberg has a background as a playwright and spent several years as an editor at DC Comics.