HBO Developing Comedy from Novelist Sam Lipsyte


More exciting news for what we consider an under-served demographic — lit geeks who also really love TV: Author Sam Lipsyte, who took us on a walking tour of Astoria when his hilarious book The Ask came out last year, is developing a new show called People City for HBO with Sideways producer Michael London. The “offbeat comedy” will focus on “a 25-year-old man hired by an eccentric New York couple to be their child’s caretaker.” So, we’re imagining that it’s like a male version of The Nanny Diaries, but with Lipsyte’s trademark dark humor mixed with intense outrage sprinkled throughout. Given April’s announcement that the network would be adapting Jennifer Egan’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad, into a series, and the ongoing success of Bored To Death (which was created by Jonathan Ames), it seems like there’s a real give-New-York-City-authors-their-own-TV-show trend happening at the moment — and it’s one that we wholeheartedly support. Will you be tuning in? [via The A.V. Club]