'Maneater' feeds Lifetime

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On the heels of the ratings and critical success of USA Network's adaptation of her best-seller "The Starter Wife," Gigi Levangie Grazer has teamed with Lifetime for a miniseries based on another popular novel of hers, "Maneater."

Lifetime is developing "Maneater" as a four-hour miniseries. The search is under way for a writer to pen the project, which has received a script commitment from the cable network.

"Maneater" centers on Clarissa, a thirtysomething It Girl who, using her good looks and charm, beguiles and manipulates her way to the top echelons of Beverly Hills to land the hottest producer in town until she realizes that he's much less than she bargained for.

Levangie Grazer and her manager, Stephanie Davis of 3 Arts Entertainment, serve as executive producers on the mini. The two also executive produced "Starter Wife," a six-hour limited series.

"Starter Wife" delivered strong ratings this summer. Its opening part drew 5.4 million viewers and marked USA's biggest original premiere among adults 18-49 since the 2004 debut of "The 4400."

Additionally, the mini — starring Debra Messing as a wife coming to grips with her new place in Hollywood after being dumped by her studio-executive husband for a younger model — earned 10 Emmy nominations, including one for best miniseries and one for Messing as lead actress in a miniseries or movie.

Levangie Grazer, whose screenwriting credits include the 1998 feature "Stepmom," is additionally repped by WMA, literary agent Sylvie Rabineau and attorney Jason Sloane.
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