Women, friendships, the hustle and bustle of New York life, Sarah Jessica Parker . . . where have I heard this one before? But I'm not talking about Sex and the City this time. I'm talking about Prospect Park West, a soon-to-be-released novel that Parker and her production company reportedly bought to turn into a TV show.
Now, Prospect Park West isn't exactly a clone of SATC. Instead of Manhattan, this book from former New York columnist Amy Sohn heads across the bridge to Brooklyn. And instead of saucy singles, it's a story about dissatisfied wives and mothers in the Desperate Housewives mold. The characters, as described by Publishers Weekly, are:
Lizzie, whose lesbian proclivities mask her loneliness; Rebecca, whose libidoless spouse prefers his role as dad over husband; Karen, a social-climbing conniver; and Melora, a former Manhattanite whose psychiatric maladies are as pathetic as they are numerous. The gals in this comedy of bad manners are burned out, b*tchy and beyond salvation as they maneuver to be noticed and loved.
Plenty of shows (and books) have tried to replicate the SATC magic and fallen a little short, so I'm wondering: Do you think focusing on dissatisfied mommies can set this apart? Does it sound like it's tailor-made to be a TV show? And do we even need a new Sex and the City?