Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Really? A Publishing Comedy?

It seems the publishing world isn't as boring as it sounds. CBS has just bought a scripted comedy about a book editor and her friends. I'll check it out.

7 comments:

ryan field said...

If they do this right, along the lines of THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, it could be very good.

Too bad it's not HBO or SHOW that picked it up.

Furious D said...

Actually, if they want a good model to follow, they should look at the Canadian series Made In Canada (or The Industry) which was technically about the TV business, but set a very high standard for satires about office politics.

It had conniving, scheming, and hypocrisy in every episode, and one of the most comically awful bosses in TV history.

Malia Sutton said...

This sounds interesting.

kwh said...

Actually they have tried this before and failed. Just in 2008, Amy Sherman-Palladino of "Gilmore Girl" fame created a show with the wonderful Parker Posey as a book editor and Lauren Ambrose as her artistic sister. The series made it through seven episodes before being canceled. The wonderful thing (and I use "wonder" in the sense I can't believe this) about the series is the way in which Posey found her writers. Also, don't forget that Elaine in "Seinfeld" also worked as a book editor at one point and that her father in the series was based on the real novelist, a friend of Larry David, Richard Yates. If they want a model they should look at the newspaper segments of the final series of "The Wire," find some literary agent ( maybe named Leon, or Lowe, Leo) as a consultant and dig into the verities and pathos and comedy of the publishing game. Best Regards, Keith

Shennandoah Diaz said...

Of course, right when I decide to cut cable for awhile. We'll see if it survives the first season. The reality of publishing-even if satirical- seems to disappoint many people.

Deborah Blake said...

I'd love to see this. Let's face it, they could just read a bunch of bad queries out loud, and get laughs that way.

(Not that any of mine are bad, of course.)

David J Griffin said...

Hi, nice blog and interesting posts, thank you.

The closest our TV has got – here across the pond in the UK – to publishing was a comedy series set in a bookshop. It was called Black Books; it was a bit surreal and silly but had quite a cult following, I believe.