Heline, Heisler ink NBC, ABC projects


Writer-producers DeAnn Heline and Eileen Heisler are busy working on two series projects at two different networks.

At NBC, they are writing a new script for the network's adaptation of Candace Bushnell's best-seller "Lipstick Jungle."

At ABC, the two are penning "The Middle," a single-camera comedy that has received a premium script commitment.

"Lipstick," set up at NBC Universal Network TV, is a one-hour dramedy about three powerful New York businesswomen. The project, originally written by Robin Schiff and Bushnell, was ordered as a pilot in January. Gina Gershon, who was cast as one of the three leads in February, is still attached to star in the pilot, slated to film in the spring. In addition to writing, Heline and Heisler are executive producing with Bushnell.

This is NBC and NBC Uni TV's third stab at developing a TV series based on "Lipstick," following scripts by Schiff and Bushnell and by Jill Gordon.

"Middle," from Warner Bros. TV, is described as "Roseanne" meets "Little Miss Sunshine." It explores the life of an extended lower-middle-class family in the Midwest.

Heline and Heisler are the writers/executive producers.

Writing partners Heline and Heisler created and executive produced NBC's comedy series "Three Sisters" and "Committed."

Their series credits also include "Murphy Brown," "Roseanne" and "Doogie Howser, M.D."

Heline and Heisler are repped by UTA and attorney Jared Levine.