Randall has a date with HBO 'Betties'


HBO is developing a half-hour, single-camera comedy from Gary Randall that's based on the lives of the women in Atlanta's wealthy Buckhead community.

"Buckhead Betties" -- the nickname given to the affluent women who live in that part of the city -- centers on four women who have been best friends since high school and are now raising their families in the Buckhead section.

Randall is executive producing through his company, Grand Productions Inc. Beth Henley, a Pulitzer Prize winner and Tony nominee for her play "Crimes of the Heart," is the writer on the project, which was inspired by an idea of Lisa Senters and Tenessa Singleton, both of whom hail from Atlanta. Alexandra Sapot is the director of development at Randall's company.

The project is being developed outside of Randall's overall deal at Fox Television Studios.

Randall described the project as a "social satire comedy."

"We'll be dealing with the debutante set and country club charity balls and all of the whimsy, romance and humor of the upper crust of Atlanta society," Randall said. "Beth has a terrific perspective on the world of Southern gentility. We want to shine a spotlight on the fun and insanity of that life."

Randall is busy working on several other projects, including executive producing the Fox TV Studios pilots "Grace" for TNT and "Conspiracy," for which Lifetime Television is in negotiations to give a cast-contingent pilot order. Also at Lifetime, he has executive produced the series "Any Day Now" and the network's movies "A Little Thing Called Murder" and "An Unexpected Love."

Randall is repped by attorney Bradley Small.
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