×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

CW Developing ‘Picture of Dorian Gray’-Inspired Series With Female Lead

The CW is developing a series based on Oscar Wilde novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” Variety has learned.

Titled “Dorian,” the series is described as a comedic spin on the classic story. It follows a woman who made a deal with the devil 50 years ago to remain young and has spent the subsequent decades living selfishly and without consequences. As the downsides of eternal youth finally land on her, Dorian is ready to grow up and age gracefully, but, to do so, she’ll have to make amends for half a century of bad behavior.

The series hails from writer and executive producer Marisa Coughlan, with Len Goldstein also executive producing. Warner Bros. Television will produce.

Coughlan is primarily known for her acting work, having appeared in films like “Super Troopers” and its sequel as well as “Space Station 76.” She has sold multiple projects to the broadcast networks in the past few years, however, including “Lost and Found,” which went to pilot at ABC. Her other writing credits include the half-hour comedy “Pushing” that was set up at Fox and “That’s Wonderful,” which was in development at CBS.

She is repped by CAA and Thruline Entertainment.

This also marks the latest female-led adaptation The CW has put into development this year. The network previously announced they are developing a female-led drama series inspired by the film “Lean on Me” from writer Wendy Calhoun and executive producers LeBron James and John Legend.

More TV

  • 'Vikings' Alum Travis Fimmel Among 10

    'Vikings' Alum Travis Fimmel Among 10 Cast in TNT Drama 'Raised by Wolves'

    TNT has set 10 cast members for the Ridley Scott-produced drama “Raised by Wolves.” The show, which was ordered straight-to-series in October, centers on two androids tasked with raising human children on a mysterious virgin planet. As the burgeoning colony of humans threatens to be torn apart by religious differences, the androids learn that controlling [...]

  • Julie Souza Jerry DiMeglio

    Wheelhouse Entertainment Appoints Julie Souza, Jerry DiMeglio To C-Suite

    Brent Montgomery’s Wheelhouse Entertainment is firming up its executive suite with two major appointments, tapping Julie Souza to become chief operating officer and Jerry DiMeglio as its chief financial officer. Souza will oversee the company’s operations, and have a hand in corporate and strategic planning, as well as business development. She most recently was senior [...]

  • Randall Park, left, and Constance Wu

    Constance Wu Wants Her 'Fresh Off the Boat' Co-Star Randall Park to Host the Oscars

    While the Academy may have decided to go hostless for this year’s Oscars, that doesn’t mean the rest of Hollywood hasn’t stopped thinking about who would be a good choice for the hosting gig. Former host Whoopi Goldberg recently suggested Ken Jeong. Jeong said when he was a guest on “The View,” Goldberg told him [...]

  • WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01

    BritBox Subscribers Hit Half a Million

    The number of subscribers to BritBox has hit 500,000, the streaming service said Thursday. The platform, launched as a collaboration between BBC Studios and ITV, is designed to offer U.S. and Canadian viewers the best of recent and classic British television content. The streaming service launched in the U.S. in March 2017 with a host of [...]

  • Anne Bulford, BBC's First Female Deputy

    Anne Bulford, BBC's First Female Deputy Director-General, to Exit

    Anne Bulford, the BBC’s first female deputy director-general, is set to leave the British pubcaster in the spring, it was announced Thursday. Bulford, who took on the deputy director-general role in July 2016 having joined the BBC in February 2013 as managing director of finance and operations, is leaving to pursue a portfolio of non-executive roles. [...]

  • I Am the Night review

    TV Review: 'I Am the Night'

    Finding a new way into an old story is a framework to which television is uniquely suited, but it’s also trickier than it may seem. A show can take its time delving into different chapters of any single narrative, broadening and deepening perspectives that other adaptations may have given short shrift. But in trying to [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content