EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, Ali In Wonderland, a comedy from Bill Lawrence, Ali Wentworth and Liz Tuccillo, has landed at NBC with a put pilot commitment. Based on Wentworth’s memoir published earlier this year, the single-camera project is described as part fish-out-of-water, part love story about an impulsive, smart-mouthed young woman who is forced to move back to Washington, D.C. — and her domineering mother — for her husband’s new high-powered job. Comedic actress-writer Wentworth and Sex And The City alumna Tuccillo will co-write the script, with Lawrence supervising. Warner Bros TV is producing with Lawrence’s studio-based Doozer banner. Lawrence, Wentworth, Tuccillo and Doozer’s Jeff Ingold will executive produce.
Wentworth’s memoir chronicles her life from her childhood among Washington’s elite (she grew up in a family of political journalists and is the daughter of President Reagan’s White House social secretary) to her rebellious days in Los Angeles doing sketch comedy and going through a series of spectacularly failed loves. (Watch Wentworth’s book’s trailer below.) She ultimately settled down, marrying ABC News star George Stephanopoulos, with whom she has two daughters.
Lawrence, who is friends with Wentworth and Stephanopoulos, got Warner Bros TV to acquire the rights to the book and brought in Tuccillo to co-write. This marks the second big sale for ICM Partners-repped Doozer this season. In another case of heated bidding, the company landed a pilot production commitment at Fox for I Suck At Girls, also a single-camera comedy based on an autobiographical book.