9:30am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Chelsea Handler Developing 'I Hate the Internet' as TNT Drama (Exclusive)
Chelsea Handler is returning to the scripted side.
The comedian and host of her own Netflix talk show is teaming with TNT to develop Jarett Kobek's best-seller I Hate the Internet as a potential drama series. The project, which is in development, will be executive produced by Handler.
Here's how the drama is described: "The series will examine the true cost of the information superhighway on our values, our relationships and our psyches. Set around a 40-year-old woman’s internet shaming, this funny yet incisive story asks some of the important questions of our time — Why have humans become so eager, on sites like Twitter and Facebook, to give away their intellectual property to wealthy white men? And what has happened to true political dialogue? Is sharing 140-character morality lectures with self-curated social networks enough? And, why in today’s America is hate becoming the only thing that unites us?"
Turner's Studio T and Studio 8's Katherine Pope will executive produce. Michael Morris (Bloodline) will also exec produce alongside author Kobek.
Kobek's novel was published in 2016 and followed Adeline, a middle-aged comic book artist in San Francisco.
Handler currently hosts and exec produces Netflix's Chelsea. Her previous scripted credits include 2012's short-lived comedy Are You There, Chelsea?, based on the book of the same name.
Handler is repped by UTA, Azoff MSG Entertainment and Hansen Jacobson. Morris is repped by UTA and Loeb & Loeb. Kobek is repped by UTA.