Star commits to 'Girlfriends' from YouTube


"Sex and the City" creator Darren Star has teamed with CBS to develop a comedy based on the Web series "We Need Girlfriends."

The network has handed out a script commitment to the project, which would be written by Steven Tsapelas, Angel Acevedo and Brian Amyot, the masterminds behind the original series that has drawn as many as 700,000 views per episode on YouTube during its 11-episode run.

The online "Girlfriends" chronicles the adventures of Tom (Patrick Cohen), Henry (Seth Kirschner) and Rod (Evan Bass), recent college graduates struggling to understand the complex world of the New York dating scene after they are simultaneously dumped by their long-term college girlfriends.

Star will executive produce "Girlfriends" for CBS and Sony Pictures TV, with Dennis R. Erdman and Clark Peterson serving as co-exec producers.

It has been a busy development season for Star. He is executive producing the ABC comedy pilot "Literary Superstars," starring Jenna Elfman, and has several projects in the works at other broadcast nets, including the one-hour "Raffik," from writer Anthony Horowitz, set up at Fox.

Star, who also is writing and executive producing "Diary of a Manhattan Call Girl," a comedy series project for HBO, is repped by WMA and attorney Jamey Cohen.