When Kate Bolick’s Atlantic magazine cover story, “All the Single Ladies,” hit newstands last month, it caused a media maelstrom. Some rallied behind Bolick’s case for single-dom, while others disputed everything from her facts to the personal way in which she presented them to her appearing on the magazine’s cover. Just a few weeks later, when news of a TV series rooted in Bolick’s piece was announced, Sex and the City comparisons were inevitable.
Though the series won’t materialize on the small screen for at least a year—and development is in its infancy—the idea that it’d become yet another SATC wannabe like Lipstick Jungle or Cashere Mafia, thus relegating Bolick and her cutting-edge piece back to the “dating-obsessed shoe shopper” she mocked, is terrifying to the legions of women boosted by her well researched article.
Thankfully, the development team, which includes Drop Dead Diva’s Josh Berman, plans on keeping Bolick close (she’s signed on as a consultant) and is well aware of the Carrie Bradshaw trap. “Writers are always trying to develop the next Sex and the City, but the problem is it just feels like pale imitations of Sex and the City. To me, [Kate’s] insight into modern day womanhood and relationships takes Sex and the City to the next level,” said Berman.
Berman hasn’t decided if the protagonist will be named Kate, or how much she’ll actually resemble Bolick, but he does know that not all of the characters “will share Kate’s point of view. There will absolutely be conflict between the traditional romanticist versus someone like Kate… That’s part of the fun of the show is the conflict between two different ways of thinking—both among successful women.”
“At the end of the day, Mr. Big bought Carrie a big closet and it was ‘happily ever after,’” Berman said. “The point of [Kate’s] story is that a woman should be buying her own damn closet.”
“For men, it’s about growing up, becoming the man they want to be and that’s when they’ll win the awesome woman,” Bolick says, pointing out that she has to look to Depression era films to find heroic female characters “because there was more range of how women were shown and more of that kind of banter back and forth—a different sense of play between the sexes.” All things Bolick would like the series based on her essay to emulate.
Though the project remains untitled, they seem to have a good start. Bolick chose Berman because she “really likes how [he] thinks about women and takes this stuff really seriously, but puts it in a comic package.”
The admiration is mutual. Berman said, “What I love about Kate is she actually explains how, for the first time in history, it’s actually more beneficial for a man on an economic level to be married than a woman, and I had never thought that through.”
As for how much of Bolick’s complex and diverse piece will make the final cut? Berman said, “I hope that every drop of that article makes it into the series.”