Thank You for Smoking to become NBC series
The television show will pick up where the film left off - with spin doctor Nick Naylor opening his own firm. It's a great idea for a series in that Naylor can have a never-ending array of clients. Nick will, of course, always be on the politically incorrect side of whatever big business or political issue is thrown his way. The producers have discussed Naylor repping fast food companies, environmental polluters and politicos in Mark Foley-esque situations.
We'll, of course, have to see Nick balancing his job with his life as a dad. I think that's a requirement on American television - giving otherwise unsympathetic characters the softer side of Sears. How else are we going to identify with Nick's nefarious spin doctor ways?
We won't hear about casting on this show for awhile, but casting Nick is going to require a James Wood for Shark or Hugh Laurie for House kind of coup to make the premise work. I doubt Aaron Eckhart, the film's Nick, would give up a successful film career for television. Too bad Michael C. Hall is tied up with Dexter. Oh well, I'm sure those crazy Hollywood kids will come up with something.