George Hodgman’s memoir, Bettyville, is a sleeper hit of 2015, but it may soon become a household name. Paramount TV will adapt the book as a half-hour dramedy, the studio announced on Thursday. John Hoffman (“Looking,” “Grace and Frankie”) and Hodgman will executive produce with Archer Gray’s Amy Nauiokas and Anne Carey.
“With ‘Bettyville,’ George Hodgman has written an exquisite memoir that is unflinchingly real and deeply touching,” said Amy Powell, president of Paramount Television, said in a statement to Variety. “It’s a narrative that resonates and entertains, and we are thrilled to have an opportunity to adapt it for a television audience.”
Bettyville, which is now in its sixth printing, tells Hodgman’s life as a closeted gay kid in 1970s Missouri, as an editor at Vanity Fair, and as a loving son who moves back home to help care for his sick mother.
Paramount TV has recently announced development deals for other books like The Alienist, Shutter Island and Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: And Other Lessons From The Crematory.
Hodgman was not immediately available for comment, but did post a link to the story on his Facebook page.