EXCLUSIVE: As her Showtime comedy series The Big C is heading into its four-hour final installment, Darlene Hunt has lined her next series project, a comedy for CBS, which she will executive produce with Josh Berman. The network has given a script commitment with penalty to the untitled single-camera half-hour based on Atlantic Monthly’s November 2011 cover story by Kate Bolick All The Single Ladies. The story, which quickly gained popularity and was published in six other countries, sparked a debate with its topic about the diminishing relevancy of marriage in a society where an ever-growing number of women choose to remain single. Bolick, who was featured on the cover of the magazine, shared her own story as a proud 39-year-old single woman and received a lot of attention, including appearing on the Today show.
The TV project, from Sony Pictures TV where Hunt and Berman are based, centers on a successful, thirty-something woman who doesn’t want it all. After her boyfriend proposes, her feelings of excitement about living the life she’s always dreamed (marriage, kids, career) turns to dread at the thought of giving up her current life (independence and good times with her best friend roommate). She therefore turns down the proposal, choosing to think of her single life as a destination, not a journey. UTA-repped Hunt, who is married with kids, will write the script and will executive produce with Berman. Bolick will serve as co-producer. Drop Dead Diva creator Josh Berman also executive produces the new Fox/Sony TV drama The Mob Doctor. Hunt created The Big C and has been shepherding the dark comedy series starring Laura Linney with showrunner Jenny Bicks.
This marks the latest high-profile single-camera comedy buy for CBS, which has made adding a filmed comedy to its multi-camera lineup a priority. The network has an off-cycle Rob Greenberg single-camera pilot starring Chris Smith, Kal Penn and Tony Shalhoub and recently gave a put pilot commitment to a Tad Quill single-camera comedy starring David Walton. The Atlantic is repped by ICM Partners.