Written by Harris, the project is inspired by the 2014 The New Divorce Is No Divorce column by Richard Kirshenbaum, part of of his monthly New York Observer column Isn’t That Rich!, which chronicles the lives of Upper East Side’s superrich with a dose of humor.
Whether it be for the sake of their family, finances, or friendship, the series will explore three very different but connected couples’ hilarious journeys as they choose to make a go of their marriages for all the right and wrong reasons — because in the end, divorce is so old fashion.
Harris will executive produce with veteran music executive and film producer Schur of Suretone Entertainment and Silverman of Propagate Content. ABC Studios, where Harris is under an overall deal, is the studio.
Silverman and Schur, both fans of Kirshenbaum, last spring acquired the rights to his “Isn’t That Rich?” columns and the 2015 essay collection that they spawned, Isn’t that Rich?: Life Among the 1%. The two reached out to Harris, who has worked on two series that provided a glimpse into New York City’s elite: Sex and the City and Gossip Girl. The new project was set up at ABC Studios under Harris’ deal there.
Harris’ pedigree — she also created the Sex and the City prequel The Carrie Diaries — reinforces the parallels between Sex and the City and Let’s Stay Together. The iconic HBO comedy also was inspired by New York Observer columns, written by Candace Bushnell. (Coincidentally, Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker’s followup series, HBO’s Divorce, is about a couple on the brink of divorce trying to stay together.)
In addition to Let’s Stay Together, Harris has comedic drama Women In Black at ABC with Jamie Tarses, Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark’s Bluegrass FanFare. She is repped by CAA and attorney Karl Austen.
Kirshenbaum, a longtime ad exec, has appeared on The Simple Life, Morgan Spurlock’s The Greatest Movie Ever Sold and as host of Plum TV’s Creative Lunch.
Through Propagate, Jane the Virgin and No Tomorrow executive producer Silverman also has sold Diane Guerrero drama In the Country We Love, from Jennie Snyder Urman and Paul Sciarrotta; Exhibit A, a legal drama from former Castle co-showrunner Alexi Hawley and Hawaii Five-0 co-star Daniel Dae Kim; and pararescue drama Jumpmen, with writer Craig Turk — all to CBS.