Paramount TV announced Thursday that is adapting “Bettyville,” journalist George Hodgman’s memoir of returning to his small Missouri town to care for his ailing mother.
John Hoffman (“Looking,” “Grace and Frankie”) is penning the half-hour dramedy. He and Hodgman will exec produce with Archer Gray’s Amy Nauiokas and Anne Carey.
“With ‘Bettyville,’ George Hodgman has written an exquisite memoir that is unflinchingly real and deeply touching. It’s a narrative that resonates and entertains, and we are thrilled to have an opportunity to adapt it for a television audience,” said Amy Powell, president of Paramount Television. “We are also excited to be partnering with John Hoffman, a great talent and seasoned storyteller, as well as Amy and Anne, who share our passion and vision for developing high-quality, original programming.”
The book is said to be a sometimes hysterical, sometimes heart-wrenching story of a mother and son who are trying their best to make things right and to redefine the home they find themselves sharing once again.
“I was in love with George’s memoir by page 10, and I called John Hoffman by the time I hit page 40,” said Carey. “John and I both grew up in the Midwest, and I knew immediately he was the perfect match for George’s funny and poignant story. Archer Gray is very excited to be developing this material with Paramount TV. We could not imagine better partners.”
“Bettyville” joins a list of other literary titles currently in the works at Paramount TV, including “The Alienist,” which recently received a series order at TNT, and Dustin Lance Black’s biopic “Lindbergh.”
Hoffman is repped by Joe Cohen and Tiffany Ward at CAA, Rosalie Swedlin at Anonymous Content and Michael Gendler at Gendler & Kelly.