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Today in TV Deals: Lee Daniels to Adapt 'Valley of the Dolls,' Kevin Williamson Takes on Serial Killers

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 26th 2011 5:45PM
Lee Daniels, Kevin WilliamsonAlthough the fall TV premiere season is still in full swing, networks have already begun thinking about their programming slates for next year.

NBC has invested in Lee Daniels' take on the classic '60s novel 'Valley of the Dolls,' Deadline reports, in what will be the 'Precious' helmer's small-screen debut. He'll write and direct the period drama, based on Jaqueline Susann's novel about the showbiz lives of three friends. The book's already been turned into a cult-classic movie (1967), a mini-series (1981) and a late-night soap (1994).

Elsewhere in TV land, 'The Vampire Diaries' and 'Secret Circle' creator Kevin Williamson has sold another project, this time to Fox. Though his two current hit series are both based on novels, Williamson's new pitch is an original story about a serial killer who creates a cult of like-minded murderers and the unlucky FBI agent attached to the case, Deadline reports. Williamson made his screenwriting debut in 1996 with 'Scream,' so he's as familiar with the horror genre as he is with teenagers and 'Dawson's Creek.' Williamson will write and executive-produce the project.

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