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Novelist Recounts Her Ascension to Darren Star-dom

ShutterstockDarrenStarIt started in earnest last August. As author Pamela Redmond Satran delightfully recalls in an Indiewire guest post, that’s when she was bulletin-ed into a fever pitch of professional excitement:

Google Alerts informed me that TV Land was “fast-tracking” the series Younger by Darren Star, based on the book by Pamela Redmond Satran. I was floored, because not only was the show moving forward, but they actually mentioned me and my book!

My LA agent Dana Spector had just gotten married, my NY agent was on vacation, so all my initial news came from Page Six. The fall brought more news: Sutton Foster was set to star, an inspired choice for a role that demands freshness, combined with soul and serious acting chops. Then the adorable Hilary Duff was tapped for the role of the younger colleague, giving the show big-time Hollywood cred, with Debi Mazar as the main character’s best friend – perfect, as I’d always thought of Debi as my secret best friend.

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Critics Question ABC-TV’s ‘Bitchy’ Pilot Season Language

It’s still not a “go” series, despite the involvement of Sex and the City maestro Darren Star. And while the title of the ABC-TV pilot Good Christian Bitches comes from a source novel by Kim Gatlin, there’s no confirmation that would be the name of the Dallas-set show starring Leslie Bibb, if it gets picked up.

Still, the use of the title has Christian and women’s media critics worried. Hollie McKay, “Pop Tarts” columnist for Fox News, caught up for her latest column with Tessie DeVore, of Christian publisher Charisma Media, as well as with the VP of Communications for the NYC Jane Fonda-Gloria Steinhem curated non-profit Women’s Media Center:

Yana Walton said Christians aren’t the only ones who should be upset. “It is not an appropriate term to use to describe any woman, regardless of their faith,” Walton said. “Entertainment media, especially music and films, have been normalizing misogynistic language for years.”

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Watch the Box: Borat Rip-off, Rich MILFs, Singing Stars, Geeks in Cube Farms

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Fox has a script commitment deal with Darren Star and Anthony Horowitz for Raffik (working title) – a fish out of water story about an Albanian police officer who moves to the US, and with some humor really gets into the American lifestyle.

Why? Because Borat was a really cool movie.

Bravo started production on a new docu-drama called Manhattan Moms which follows several rich socialites and their families as they contend with private schools, charity galas, running businesses and running off to the Hamptons to their summer homes.

Why? Because The Nanny Diaries was a lousy movie.

NBC bought Clash of the Choirs from BBC Worldwide. Five celebs return to the hometown, form a choir and sing out as viewers vote.

Why? Because singing celebrites and the people who hate them are fun to watch.

ABC has given a script commitment to Foobar, about a group of computer geeks all working together at the same software company, from Alice Wu.

Why? Because nothing is as compelling as watching people code.

In The Trades: Playas, Games, Stars

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ABC believes in the power of celebrity and cash to do good, having signed Ice Cube for Good in the Hood, a reality pilot, in which a reformed gang member, drug dealer or robber agrees to help someone in similar circumstances (a relative, friend or even a stranger) turn their lives around. Expect some not-quite-reformed folks to slip through casting.

ESPN will broadcast the USA Rock Paper Scissors League championship. Cuz it’s a sport, not a game.

CBS plans a summer of love for children, with Why Listen, an hourlong special in which six well-known entertainers visit disadvantaged children in China, India, Africa and other locales. However, the kids won’t be coming home with any stars. There’s also a 2 hour awareness and funds raiser, the Listen Charity Campaign.

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The success of 300 heartens those who’d make a movie from Who Watches the Watchmen, a 1986 miniseries based on a graphic novel. Zack Snyder has been developing the film, and a test image was snuck into a DVD trailer for 300.

Marti Noxon has been promoted to Executive Producer at Grey’s Anatomy.

ABC is supposed to be thisclose to picking up a new sitcom from Darren Star. Literary Superstar gives us Jenna Elfman as a book publicist who works tirelessly for her authors. Hi-jinks ensue.