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It's Official: 'Sex and the City' Prequel Series Heading to The CW

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 12th 2011 8:00AM
'The Carrie Diaries'Had a hard time coming to terms with life without 'Sex and the City?' Ever wonder what Carrie wore in high school? If so, great news: The prequel series to 'SATC' is on track to hit TV screens in fall 2012.

Rumors have been swirling all summer, but according to 'Entertainment Weekly' it's a go.

Execs over at The CW are reportedly hammering out the final details on a deal to produce a new series based on 'The Carrie Diaries,' Candace Bushnell's young adult novels about the adventures of the pre-New York Carrie Bradshaw.

The new series will be produced by 'Gossip Girl' executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, who will exec produce along with former 'Sex and the City' writer/co-producer Amy B. Harris, Bushnell and Len Goldstein. Harris will also write the adaptation.

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Kristin Chenoweth Says Supporting Gay Rights Doesn't Clash With Her Christian Beliefs

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 8th 2011 7:25AM
Kristin ChenowethKristin Chenoweth is probably best-known to TV audiences for her hilarious guest-star spots on 'Glee,' playing the alcoholic high school dropout April Rhodes. But come midseason she'll be hitting the small screen with a starring role in ABC's new Bible Belt comedy, 'Good Christian Belles.'

The Tony-winning Broadway star ('Wicked') also has a successful recording career, and has been out on the interview circuit lately to promote her latest album, 'Some Lessons Learned,' which is where she's courted controversy in some circles by confirming that her staunch Christian beliefs are not at odds with her support for the gay community.

In an interview with 'The Advocate' Chenoweth says that people are born gay or straight, just like they're either tall or short, and that it's not a choice. In response to a question about people who cite Christinaity as justification for passing discriminatory laws, she said "I would ask, 'What would Jesus do?'"

She added that, "It sounds so cliché and Pollyanna-ish, but I have a feeling if he were on the earth today, he wouldn't be walking around saying, 'You're going to hell' and 'You're wrong, you're wrong, you're wrong.' I think he'd be accepting and loving."

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Goldie Hawn Eyes Return to TV With 'Viagra Diaries,' 'The Big C' Partners With American Cancer Society and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 16th 2011 11:27AM
Goldie HawnGoldie Hawn is readying her return to TV in an unusually named project: HBO's 'Viagra Diaries.'

According to Deadline, Hawn has been tapped to star in the half-hour comedy from 'Sex and the City' creator Darren Star. Hawn and Star will executive produce the project based on the book by Barbara Rose Brooker.

The pilot follows a woman, played by Hawn, whose husband leaves her, making her single for the first time in 35 years.

This will be Hawn's first role since the 2002 film 'The Banger Sisters.' The Oscar winner got her start on TV with 'Good Morning, World' and 'Laugh-In.'

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'Real Housewives' Head to Beverly Hills

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 10th 2010 4:22PM
Mia MichaelsGet ready for the 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.'

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Bravo has given the go-ahead to four new series, including a Beverly Hills edition of its popular 'Real Housewives' franchise. (We're already imagining a crossover episode with the nearby 'Real Housewives of Orange County.')

Also getting the greenlight are 'Miami Social Club,' a reality series that chronicles the lives of Miami socialites, but apparently has nothing to do with Bravo's other Miami-based series, 'Miami Social,' 'Million Dollar Decorators,' about high-end designers, and the New York-based 'Pregnant in Heels.'

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Bravo Announces Most Depressing Line-Up in TV History

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 10th 2010 4:04PM
BravoIt's always exciting when a cable network announces that they're adding an a new night of programming. Or it can be exhausting, considering how much TV we all watch nowadays. With that in mind I think I'm glad that there's probably nothing at all that I'll want to watch on the fifth night of programming that Bravo is going to have later this year.

I mean, seriously, look at the shows that the network will have to choose from for this fifth night of programming. 'Million Dollar Listing 4?' 'Tabatha's Salon Takeover 3?' 'The Fashion Show 2?' 'Real Housewives of Atlanta 3?' And those are just the returning shows.

New shows include 'Pregnant in Heels' (a reality show about a boutique that caters to pregnant women), 'Miami Social Club,' a look at rich, fashionable people who enjoy the "hot Miami scene," and 'Million Dollar Decorators,' a reality show about the personal lives of interior designers who work on expensive homes.

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'Sex and the City' Creator Plans Anita Bryant Biopic

by Gary Susman, posted Feb 2nd 2010 1:15PM
Darren StarIn 1977, as now, gay rights initiatives were a contentious issue on many state ballots, and entertainers often drew harsh criticism for taking political stances. So it's no wonder HBO thinks the time is right for a biopic about Anita Bryant.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the cable channel is developing a movie about the singer-turned-activist. 'Sex and the City' creator Darren Star is directing and co-producing the film, whose writer is Chad Hodge (best known for the CW's fugitive-family drama series 'Runaway,' whose pilot Star produced).

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'Sex and the City' Director to Take on Anita Bryant

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 2nd 2010 10:27AM
anita_bryant_portraitToday, many people have no idea who Anita Bryant is. The Miss America contestant turned professional singer and commercial spokesperson turned anti-gay celebrity activist was a firebrand to a controversy that raged in the 1980s, but for entire generation -- maybe more -- she's unknown. Darren Star, creator of 'Sex and the City' will change that.

The upcoming HBO movie planned to tell the Anita Bryant story should be fascinating. 'Sex and the City's' Darren Star will direct the Bryant biopic and Chad Hodge is writing the script.

HBO has a track record for doing this type of real life docudrama very well, including the classic 'The Late Shift' which depicted David Letterman's exit from NBC and Jay Leno's seizing 'The Tonight Show.' More recently, 'Recount' told the story of the 2000 presidential election when Florida was thrust into the limelight because of voting irregularities.

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90210 getting a spin-off

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 13th 2008 8:40PM
Beverly Hills 90210Schools in! For 11 seasons, Beverly Hills 90210, was a ratings hit and trend-setting youth soap opera for Fox. Now, a mere eight years later, the CW will spin-off Beverly Hills 90210, coming up with a contemporary version of the well-loved, if corny, teen drama.

The original, executive produced by the late Aaron Spelling, and created by Darren Star (Cashmere Mafia). The new CW version is not connected to Star. Rob Thomas, who created Veronica Mars, has been approached to take on the project.

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The day with ABC: New shows, Hope, Faith, and Sex - TCA report

by Michael Maloney, posted Jul 25th 2007 11:38PM

Cashmere Mafia and Sex and the City

We TV Critics are dead on our feet now that we're in the last two days of a near-three week press tour at the Beverly Hilton, but that hasn't stopped us from getting dish from actors and producers here to hawk their fall ABC series.

On stage to promote Cashmere Mafia (a series about four women living life in New York City) creator Darren Star was asked about his other program about four women that call the Big Apple home. Star says: "There's a [film] script. It's in the form of pre-production."

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Lucy Liu to star in Cashmere Mafia

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 28th 2007 8:33AM
lucy liuTV Guide is reporting that Lucy Liu has decided to return to television. She'll star in the pilot for Cashmere Mafia, a new ABC comedy from Sex and the City creator Darren Star.

Liu became famous in the 1990s for playing 'Ling Woo' in Ally McBeal, and recently appeared as a guest star on Ugly Betty, but has primarily stuck to movies. In particular, she seems to snag lots of roles where she kicks some ass (Kill Bill, Charlie's Angels). Maybe she's tired of all the stunts and Kung Fu?

Her role in Cashmere Mafia is definitely a departure from those action flicks. The series follows four career women in the world of dating and family in New York City.

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Suddenly, Sex and the City is hot again

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 10th 2007 4:44PM
sex and the cityI thought we were all pretty much over Carrie and her Manolo Blahniks, weren't we? Too bad. Two of the big four networks have ordered pilots similar to Sex and the City.

ABC has ordered a pilot for the embarrassingly-named Cashmere Mafia, which was created Sex executive producer Darren Star. It's described as "the next generation of Sex and the City". Oh, please let it get a better name. It's about four women who have known each other since college and follows them as they date and work to further their various careers. ABC has also ordered a pilot for Women's Murder Club, described as "CSI meets Sex and the City." It's about a group of female friends who happen to be a homicide detective, a medical examiner, a reporter, and an assistant district attorney. The pilot is going to be directed by Brett Ratner, the man who destroyed The X-Men, so don't expect much.

And finally, NBC gave the greenlight to Lipstick Jungle, based on a novel by the same name about "three powerful New York businesswomen who will do anything to get ahead," according to The Hollywood Reporter. Who's the novelist? Why, it's Candace Bushnell, of course. She's the one who created Sex and the City in the first place.

[Thanks, Karen!]

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Veronica, Chris to make an early debut online

by Anna Johns, posted Sep 2nd 2006 1:09PM
runaway; donnie wahlbergThe CW is jumping on this internet bandwagon thing by offering up some of its season premieres online. Veronica Mars, Everybody Hates Chris and newcomer Runaway will be available on MSN.com for one week before they premiere on the network. Online (and commercial-free) premiere dates are: Runaway on Sept. 18, Everybody Hates Chris on Sept. 24, and Veronica Mars on Sept. 26.

Runaway, by the way, is an hour-long drama about an all-American family that moves to Iowa because they're on the run from the law. The father of the family (Donnie Wahlberg) was convicted of a crime he didn't commit and the family is trying to track down the real killer. It was created by Sex and the City creator, Darren Star. (See a preview here)

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Darren Star drama makes the cut at The CW

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 28th 2006 8:08AM
cw darren star runawaySex and the City creator Darren Star just sold a new pilot to The CW, the new network that replaces The WB and UPN. The drama is called Runaway, about a family that makes the decision to go on the run when the father is accused of murder, in hopes of trying to prove his innocence. Runaway began at UPN, and is the first drama pilot that The CW has picked up. No word yet on casting, but that will surely come soon.

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