Feminismfodder for HBO fun


HBO is exploring gender politics with "Women's Studies," a comedy project from former "Daily Show" and "Colbert Report" exec producer Ben Karlin and "NYPD Blue" alumna Theresa Rebeck.

"Studies" is being developed as a potential starring vehicle for Tony winner Julie White and centers on a onetime famous author who, after a tumultuous period as a feminist "it" girl, is now a professor at a small liberal arts college in the Northeast.

The project falls under the two-year multiplatform deal Karlin and his company Superego Industries signed with HBO in 2007. Karlin, Rebeck and White are co-writing the story, with Rebeck set to pen the script.

Karlin and Rebeck are executive producing, with White serving as producer.

Karlin won nine Emmys during his eight-year stint as head writer/exec producer on "The Daily Show." He also co-created and exec produced "The Colbert Report."

Rebeck earned a WGA Award for her work on "NYPD Blue." She also is an author and playwright whose "Our House" will open at Playwrights Horizons in June and whose first novel, "Three Girls and Their Brother," comes out in paperback this month. She is repped by CAA.

White won a Tony in 2007 for "The Little Dog Laughed." She next reprises her role as Wendy Murphy from "Transformers" in the sequel. (partialdiff)