ABC close to picking up new Star sitcom


ABC reportedly is close to picking up a new sitcom from "Sex and the City" creator Darren Star that stars Jenna Elfman as a book publicist who works tirelessly for her authors.

The single-cam comedy, tentatively titled "Literary Superstar," will be written by Australian novelist Matthew Reilly.

NBC also has been pursuing the project. Ultimately, whichever network lands the series, it will be produced by Sony Pictures TV, where Star has his deal.

Star also is producing the female-centric hour "Cashmere Mafia" for ABC, which centers on four high-powered New York execs. At pay cabler Showtime, he produced the male-centric pilot "Manchild," and is still waiting a decision as to whether the project will move forward.