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Literary Superstar Closer To Greenlight

Australian thriller writer Matthew Reilly updates ABCNews Online on the status of Literary Superstar, the Jenna Elfman-starring TV show about the trials and tribulations of a book publicist. Reilly says the show – which ABC has picked up as a pilot only so far – draws on real-life events to drive the narrative. “Some stories? How about the time our heroine has to publicise her company chairman’s wife’s new book (based on a true occurrence my agent told me about), or her experiences with a bestselling thriller author at a snooty writers festival (also true), or how she sells a book about how to seduce women (not telling),” he said.

Reilly says he and wife Natalie will move to the US in early August and stay as long as the show has life. “It could be eight weeks if only the pilot gets made, three months if we get 13 episodes or a year if we get picked up for a full 22-episode season,” he said.”If the show continues beyond that, we’ll stay there permanently.”

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Elfman To be ‘Literary Superstar’?

Somehow we missed this when Variety first reported on it last Sunday, but ABC is close to landing a new Darren Star-produced comedy project starring Jenna Elfman and written by bestselling Australian novelist Matthew Reilly. The single-camera comedy LITERARY SUPERSTAR, slated to begin filming this fall after Elfman gives birth to her second child, will have her playing a book publicist who’s intensely loyal to her clients. When budget cuts threaten her publishing house, she stands up to the corporate suits — and successfully lobbies for the right to continue working with smaller, quirkier authors.

Which, you know, just happens a whole lot in real corporate publishing life. But if the show goes ahead – not a no-brainer, considering how badly the Heather Graham comedy EMILY’S REASONS WHY NOT flopped for ABC in 2006 – SUPERSTAR could be a good vehicle for books since it purports to feature a different author each week. We’ll see what actually transpires, of course…

After looking at the Variety article, Ron’s not sure whether “focusing on different authors each week” means the show will have actual authors as guests (which could be cool, like that Tony Robbins cameo that kicks off Shallow Hal) or just random guest stars playing authors. But he sees no reason the show can’t be at least as good as Stacked, either way.