Krysten Ritter, star of ABC’s upcoming comedy series Apartment 23, has sold her first TV project as a producer, the hourlong drama Cassandra French’s Finishing School For Boys based on Eric Garcia’s novel of the same name. Garcia (Matchstick Men) will write the adaptation, described as being in the tone of Heathers. It centers on a 22-year-old overachiever who gets her dream job as a lawyer for a Hollywood studio but can’t find a guy ready for a real, mature relationship. After the latest disappointment, she locks a guy up in her basement in order to train him to become the perfect gentleman. Ritter and Garcia are executive producing. Ritter, repped by WME, the Group Entertainment and Sanders/Armstrong/Caserta, co-wrote, produced and stars in the indie Life Happens. Garcia, repped by WME and IPG, is writing Wheel Of Time for Universal and The Prize Of Peril for Sony.
USA also has bought a project by a screenwriter/novelist. The cable network has closed a deal for Wayward Bound, an hourlong dramedy from Richard Murphy about employees at a boutique travel company struggling to navigate life while guiding their clients through the concrete jungle that is Los Angeles. Murphy will executive produce with Deborah Spera and Maria Grasso. Sony TV, where the two are based, is producing. Murphy, managed by Anonymous, previously wrote an adaptation of his novel Confessions Of A Contractor for CBS, with Shawn Ryan executive producing.