HBO Developing Curtis Sittenfeld’s Novel ‘Prep’ As Comedy Series

Courtesy of WME

HBO has acquired the rights to Curtis Sittenfeld’s bestselling debut novel Prep. It will be developed as a comedy series by former 30 Rock writer-producer Colleen McGuinness and Game of Thrones executive producer Carolyn Strauss.


Prep, published by Random House, follows a Midwestern girl’s coming of age as she navigates an exclusive New England boarding school. It was named one of the top five works of fiction for 2005 by The New York Times.

McGuinness will write the comedy series adaptation and will executive produce. Former HBO programming chief-turned-producer Strauss also will serve as executive producer.

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McGuinness, who shared in 30 Rock’s 2013 best series Emmy nomination, as well as 2013 and 2014 WGA nominations, is a co-executive producer on the upcoming Nick Stoller/Francesca Delbanco comedy series for Netflix. Sittenfeld’s other novels include American Wife, which follows the story of a librarian who becomes the First Lady of the United States, and Eligible, a modern retelling of Pride & Prejudice.

Sittenfeld, McGuinness and Strauss are repped by WME. McGuinness is also repped by Hansen Jacobson and Strauss by Jackoway Tyerman.

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