Paramount TV is developing a half-hour dramedy series based on George Hodgman’s bestselling memoir Bettyville. John Hoffman (Looking, Grace And Frankie) is penning the adaptation, and Hodgman and Archer Gray’s Amy Nauiokas and Anne Carey (The Diary Of A Teenage Girl) are exec producing.
The memoir, now in its sixth printing, tells the funny and poignant story of Hodgman’s return to his hometown of Paris, MO, for his mother Betty’s 91st birthday, only to find that this ever-independent woman now needs the assistance she never thought she’d ask for. Mother and son – lifelong allies, conspirators, sharers of jokes and grudges, occasional warriors – try their best to make things right and to redefine the home they find themselves sharing once more. The result is the funny and tender story of two unforgettable characters trying to bring their different worlds together.
Bettyville joins other literary titles currently in development at Paramount TV including The Alienist, Lindbergh, Shutter Island (show title Ashecliffe) and Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: And Other Lessons From The Crematory.
Hodgman is repped by Brooke Ehrlich Artist Management and Dunow Carlson and Lerner. Hoffman is repped by CAA, Anonymous Content and Gendler & Kelly.