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CBS Studios to Adapt The Lost Girls into a TV Show

CBS Studios is developing a television show adaptation of the 2010 travel memoir, The Lost Girls. Hollywood showrunner Rebecca Sinclair will serve as both a writer and an executive producer.

The book chronicles the globe-trotting adventures of Jennifer Baggett, Holly C. Corbett and Amanda Pressner. Prior to publishing the book, the three friends wrote about their journeys online at the Los tGirls World blog. The writing trio currently have a second book project in-the-works.

Here’s more from Deadline: “The TV project, which adds a mystery element to the story in the book, centers on four very different 20-something American women, each at a point of crisis, who decide to escape their lives and their country, and go abroad.  While in Cambodia, the wanderers bond, happy to find friends who are equally lost. But when one of the women vanishes under mysterious circumstances and the remaining three pledge to find her, they embark on the real journey, a quest that leads them off the beaten path, around the globe and on the road to finding themselves.”

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Jennifer Weiner Offers Screenwriting Tips

Author Jennifer Weiner introduced her new novel Then Came You at Barnes & Noble Union Square this week . The novel was inspired by the New York Times article, “Her Body, My Baby: My Adventures with a Surrogate Mom.”

Weiner (pictured) explained how she came to be the co-creator and executive producer for the ABC Family television series, State of Georgia. During her time in Hollywood, she worked closely with the show’s writers.

Weiner also hinted at her current projects. Her next book will star a failed Hollywood producer and she is working on a dystopian tale about infertility (a book reminiscent of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood). Attendees left with signed books and free whoopie pies.

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429 Television Script Ideas That Sold

New York Magazine collected short descriptions of 429 scripts that have been bought by networks over the last year.

While many of these scripts never even made it to the pilot stage, the list can teach aspiring screenwriters some invaluable lessons about popular themes, ideas, and plots. Check out out 30 Scriptwriting Tips in One Post for more inspiration.

Here’s an excerpt: “Every year, thousands of ideas are pitched to the four big networks. This season, they bought the 429 scripts listed below. The ones that are highlighted became pilots. And this week, we’ll find out which lucky few have earned slots on the air… Of the 429 scripts sold, 59 are about cops and/or private eyes, 24 are medical dramas,  3 are musicals.” (Photo via)