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Showtime is developing a dating-themed comedy from Tim Long, a longtime writer/executive producer on "The Simpsons."

The half-hour project, "Kevin and the Chart of Destiny," is about a brilliant but lonely market researcher who designs an elaborate "dating system" — as laid out in a complex wall chart — in order to achieve his goal of finding a wife within one year.

The project — created, written and exec produced by Long — will draw from his "own private dating humiliations," he said. "I was fascinated by the idea of people who are relatively smart at most things in life but tragically inept at dating. This project is a love letter/apology to all the women I took on tragic dates."

Long, who has been happily married for two years, said his bad dating experiences have included being intimate with a woman who started screaming, "Wrong, wrong, wrong!"

Should the project go forward, Long said the character would find some sort of dating success along the way. "I wouldn't want him to be a total idiot for the entire duration," he said. "This is also an opportunity to write some great female characters as well."

Long is repped by CAA and Beth Stine at Rain Management Group. (partialdiff)
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