In the Weinstein Co’s first major move in scripted television since launching a TV division in January and tapping Meryl Poster to run it, the company is finalizing a deal with ABC for a TV version of The Nanny Diaries to be written by Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and executive produced by Ryan Seacrest. This marks the first foray into scripted TV for reality mogul Seacrest, who signaled earlier this year his intention to expand into comedy and drama. Seacrest is executive producing the hourlong project with Harvey Weinstein and Sherman-Palladino.
The Nanny Diaries, which will be laid off at ABC Studios, will be based on the 2002 bestselling book by former Manhattan nannies Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, which the Weinstein Co. turned into a feature in 2007 with Scarlett Johansson, Laura Linney and Paul Giamatti starring. It is a satiric look at upper-class Manhattan society through the eyes of the nannies who work for them. The Nanny Diaries was one of the first scripted projects the Weinstein Co put in development when its TV arc was launched, along with a TV adaptation of another book, crime novel The Mad Ones. For Seacrest, who has been involved in The Nanny Diaries since the get-go, this was one of the first three scripted series put in development at his Ryan Seacrest Prods. Sherman-Palladino most recently wrote and executive produced a 2010 CW drama pilot set in Wyoming, which didn’t go to series.