Comes word that our own PC resident Kim Gatlin’s book turned into a sexy, sudsy soap will be produced by Sex And The City/Beverly Hills 90210 genius Darren Star. Casting includes actress Kristin Chenoweth (Bewitched, Glee) to play Darlene, Leslie Bibb (Amanda), Jennifer Aspen (Sharon), Annie Potts (Gigi), Miriam Shor (Cricket), and Marisol Nicholas (Heather). The show, of course, centers on Bibb, who returns to Dallas after a divorce to hang with her “good Christian bitches,” friends and chair the Crystal Charity Ball (Update: Cattle Baron’s) some ball where the high school mean girls are all grown up. Gatlin‚Äôs character,¬† Amanda Vaughn (Leslie Bibb) , a divorced mother of two leaves her philandering Hollywood hubby to come home to Mama and Daddy in Highland Park HILLSIDE PARK, where she tries to purge her bad marriage by plunging into the charity circuit. She winds up the victim of malicious gossip, bad Botox, and fraud, all because she‚Äôs a beautiful, sexy, vivacious woman who her friends totally see as their rival. There are enough good-looking single women over 30, they say, we don‚Äôt need another one. (I have had this feeling about Russian brides, actually.) And of course, all the gossips starts at Bible study.
You‚Äôll never guess: the richest oil guy in town falls for her, buys her a Maybach.¬† And her charity event is sabotaged. I’m hoping he tosses in a few homes, too, like Roger’s $20 million Flower Mound manse or Lindy Mahoney’s 4441 South Versailles, now $7,880,000, built by Al Hill, Jr., who could very well make a cameo appearance in an episode.
Former 60 Minutes producer John Marks is especially looking forward to how Star pulls off the Bible Study scenario: Marks grew up in Hillside Park Highland Park:
One, it is taking on subject matter that is profoundly familiar to me, attempting to depict people who have generally defied accurate description in the popular culture. And two, it‚Äôs based on women in the Dallas suburb of Highland Park, where I grew up.
How will this help Dallas real estate values? Easy — place a national focus on us again and showcase our beautiful, well-valued homes. Plus, filming like this puts big bucks into the pockets of folks who lease their homes to film crews.