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New HBO Shows — Ladies' Detective Agency, Driving Around With Joni

HBO Has Female-Driven Programming On Deck

This year we've seen two network TV shows, Cashmere Mafia and Lipstick Jungle, that have tried to recreate the magic of HBO's Sex and the City, with mixed results. By contrast, HBO itself is moving on, leaving SATC for the big screen and once again developing interesting and unexpected female-driven projects.

Jill Scott and Anika Noni Rose will star in Oscar-winning director Anthony Minghella's adaptation of the popular book series the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. The project, about an all-female private detective agency in Botswana, was originally developed as a movie. Variety reports that this story will now be told on the small screen as HBO has ordered 13 episodes of it. If this sounds confusingly similar to another recent female detective project, never fear, I've broken down the differences between the two. As for the other female-led show HBO has on deck, it's a little quirky, so


Actually, "quirky" is probably a generous way to describe this other HBO project, though I think it will end up being quirky-awesome, not quirky-awkward. Apparently, The comedy is titled Driving Around With Joni and follows "a woman who spends her days driving around Los Angeles with her French bulldog, looking for meaning in her life after the sudden death of her husband." No word on who will star as the widow. Got suggestions?

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jadenirvana jadenirvana 8 years
Weird story! I first read the Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency book after borrowing it from a woman who had stolen a dog from her next door neighbor (he was abusing it). KARMIC
Advah Advah 9 years
Ugh, not a fan of McCall Smith.
ayanaphil ayanaphil 9 years
I absolutely love everything about Jill Scott, so I would definitely watch No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency!
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
that should be interesting to say the least. i feel like i've read a book or 2 in the series but just don't really remember them. oh well - i'll have to tune in to HBO to check it out.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
Jill Scott is AWESOMENESS!!!!!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
If Joni is going to be young, I could see Amy Adams, Zooey Deschanel, or Elizabeth Banks playing her. If she's older, I think Frances McDormand would be awesome. Then again, I think that Frances should be in EVERYTHING.
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