I ran across this today. CBS has green-lighted a sitcom pilot about the publishing industry:
“Books” is inspired by the time (Gail) Lerner spent as a temp in the publishing world at the beginning of her career and by the experiences of her sister Betsy, who worked as a book editor for 15 years before becoming a literary agent.
I would love for this to be the literary world equivalent of “The Devil Wears Prada” in terms of savvy and style. If it’s just another vacuous sitcom with canned laugh tracks, I don’t think I can stomach it. Gail Lerner’s credits include “Will & Grace,” co-executive producer of “Ugly Betty” (which I admit I’ve never seen) and a couple of other shows, according to the Reuters article. Frankly, I think I’d rather see someone like HBO take this on. “Will & Grace” was cute, but do we need a “cute” show about publishing? I’d rather see something meatier. Not a drama, I’m not suggesting “CSI: Houghton Mifflin,” but if it’s just more fluff, really, who cares? More madcap adventures with ditzy office workers? No thanks. I’m all stocked up.
So should we all guess at the possible storylines? I’ll start:
Self-important novelist comes to office to direct production of his new book, sending office workers scurrying and creating havoc. Hilarity ensues.