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The CW is taking another stab at Confessions of a Backup Dancer.
The network has given script orders to a drama based on Tucker Shaw’s book of the same name, marking the third incarnation of the 2004 Alloy bestseller at the CW.
Confessions revolves around a young filmmaker who’s hired to make a documentary about a famous pop star and her controversial tour whose live begins to change after he becomes immersed in the world and falls in love with a backup dancer.
Andrew Leeds (Bones) and David Lampson are attached to pen the script and executive produce for Alloy and Warner Bros. Television. The duo also has comedy Regulars in development at USA Network.
“As a kid, I did a couple of shows on Broadway and went on tour with the musical Les Miserables for two years — it was one of the best times of my life,” Leeds tells THR. “When Nancy Etz at CAA told me about Confessions, it occurred to me that this was the perfect vehicle for me to write about that experience. It’s such a fun, exciting atmosphere filled with big personalities. There’s this feeling that anything can happen. And backstage on a Madonna-like tour is an even more heightened version of my experience.”
Alloy’s Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo are also attached to executive produce.
This marks the third incarnation of Confessions at the network with WBTV and Alloy. The project initially surfaced in 2009 with The L Word creator Ilene Chaiken attached, returning in 2010 with scribe Sascha Penn and director-producer Marco Siega. Neither made it to pilot.
For Alloy, Confessions marks the latest sale this development season. The producer behind the network’s Gossip Girl and The Vampire Diaries also has Midnighters set up at Fox with Fake Empire, among others.
Leeds, meanwhile, can be seen on screen on Bones as well as upcoming episodes of Grey’s Anatomy and the CW’s midseason drama, Cult.
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