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Usually TV producers find inspiration from movies, books, other TV shows, or the ever-exciting lives of the Kardashians. Rarely do they find it in such erudite mags as The Atlantic. But beyond the 33,000 Facebook "likes" it's already acquired, Kate Bolick's November cover story, "All The Single Ladies" has attracted the likes of "Drop Dead Diva" creator Josh Berman. And now it's been optioned as a television series.
"All The Single Ladies" is a piece about how more and more women are choosing not to get married right away or at all, and are fine with it. Bolick writes, "Today I am 39, with too many ex-boyfriends to count and, I am told, two grim-seeming options to face down: either stay single or settle for a 'good enough' mate." The article is, in short, about what's happening now that women have higher standards and seemingly fewer men are living up to them.
"But what transpired next lay well beyond the powers of everybody’s imagination: as women have climbed ever higher, men have been falling behind. We’ve arrived at the top of the staircase, finally ready to start our lives, only to discover a cavernous room at the tail end of a party, most of the men gone already, some having never shown up — and those who remain are leering by the cheese table, or are, you know, the ones you don’t want to go out with."
Naturally, a new show about single women out-and-about doesn't really sound like the freshest of pitches. But this seems as though it could be different; perhaps the added journalistic awareness and instinct to present a story as accurately as possible might challenge the prototype of the single-ladies-TV show. Point is, I have an inkling that a series based on Bolick's article won't include any Carrie Bradshaws or Mr. Bigs. Because as much Sex and the City was once-beloved, it ain't the '90s anymore, and we need a new single lady to follow.