Up until last week, if I’d held my breath for any word as to what’s been happening with the TV deal for Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives, I’d have been blue in the face, like a little girl throwing a tantrum because she wants to get up at 4am on Christmas morning to see what Santa left under the tree.
Well, maybe I’m just a little anxious to know what’s happening with the TV version of my book, now that the pilot has been greenlighted. (–lit? Haven’t seen it spelled correctly yet…)
But for the most part, I’ve been holding my powder. I don’t send my agent emails every hour on the hour begging for updates. I haven’t given the producers my wish list as to who should be starring in key roles.
I haven’t asked for a walk-on, and TRUST ME, I never will. (I’d hate to have them say I broke a camera lens because I looked at it…)
But come on already, what author wouldn’t be gnawing her fingers to the bone?
Especially when it comes down to who will be cast as her heroine.
Invariably an author has an image in her mind as to what her heroine looks like. She knows the exact shade of her leading lady’s eyes. She can envision the highlights in her hair (natural, of course). To the centimeter, she knows how tall her heroine stands. (In her stocking feet, until she puts on her four-inch stilettos, and all that implies…)
She even knows the number of pounds she needs to lose–
Um….Excuse me? What, are you crazy?
She. Is. Perfect.
Because she is me.
She is me when she is strong and victorious.
She is me when the whip-smart dialogue flows trippingly off her tongue.
She is me when she has been callously kicked to the curb by Mr. Wrong, and she wants to curl up in a ball of anguish.
She is me when she looks marvelous.
And she is certainly me when she’s having a bad hair day.
The good news: now that the producers have started pre-production on Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives, information is trickling in. They’ve got a kick-ass director for the pilot (Mark Pellington), and have already cast an actress for one of the lead roles: gorgeous Perrey Reeves, from HBO hit show, Entourage, which just ended its run.
There are still more roles to cast, sets to build, and no doubt a few more tweaks to the teleplay. When, finally, they roll cameras, they’ll have tons of scenes to be edited together into a shiny gem of a show, and it will get a thumbs-up from the NBC studio executives, as well a slot on the network’s schedule in January, or thereafter…
Anyway, that is the hope: not just mine, but of all the HUNDREDS of people who have worked on the show. Yep, it takes a village to make TV magic….
Like a salmon, Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives has got to swim upstream through many perils, which could include a mediocre time slot, or heavy competition in a great time slot, or subsequent scripts that aren’t up to par.
Bottom line: it has a find a few million viewers who look forward to tuning in and watching it, week after week.
I hope you’ll be among them.
Which brings me back to my Murder She Writes family. One of the joys I’ve had is discovering, and reading, the books of the other authors who also blog here. TV is eagerly seeking out kick-ass heroines with hearts of gold. Past and present MSW pals have also had discussions with producers who, like their myriad of fans, have fallen in love with their heroines, and want to bring her to life onscreen.
I’ve no doubt you’ll be seeing a few of them on your favorite networks. It’s only a matter of time, and all stars aligning (heavenly and Hollywood).
In the meantime, I love imagining who will play their heroines. Here is my short list:
Stephanie Bonds’ Carlotta Wren (Body Movers series)
My first choice for this role is Anne Hathaway. Talk about perfect casting! I’m even guessing she can do a Southern accent. Come on already, this actress can play anything she wants.
Sylvia Day’s Eva Trammel (Bared to You/Crossfire series)
Certainly Angelina Jolie! She has the posh demureness for this uptown gal, and let’s face it: she’d be hot in those love scenes!
BJ Daniels’ Dana Cardwell (Cardwell Ranch series)
Certainly Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively has the look, and the depth, to play Dana…even giving birth to twins! And who knows? Maybe she’ll coerce her new hubby, Ryan Reynolds, to be her co-star…
Josie Brown’s (yep, my) Donna Stone (The Housewife Assassin series):
I’d love for Minnie Driver to play Donna. This Academy-Award nominated actress has all the right stuff: she looks like I envision Donna, she shows a great sense of humor in her roles, but also has that bittersweet quality to her.
Now it’s your turn to play casting director.
Who would you love to see playing our heroines, and why?