June 13, 2012 9:30am PT by Lesley Goldberg
New York Magazine 'Scandal' Issue in Development for TV (Exclusive)
Sony Pictures Television likes a good scandal.
The studio behind AMC's Breaking Bad and NBC's Community, in a rare move, has optioned the entire April 9 anniversary issue of New York magazine -- dubbed "Scandal" -- as a potential miniseries about scandalous events or as part of a larger series or anthology package, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
Producers Diane Sokolow and sisters Judith and Rachel Verno (TV documentary Harvard Park) are developing the property, which includes events ranging from the U.S.' first sex change operation in 1953 to Woody Allen's eyebrow-raising 1992 romance with partner Mia Farrow's 21-year-old adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn.
The special edition, which consisted of more than 50 articles, dealt with headline-making events in the city dating back to 1702, when Edward Hyde, the cross-dressing governor of New York and New Jersey, opened a session of the New York Assembly dressed in drag.
The project, which was brokered by ICM Partners, will be developed and shopped to TV networks this year.