It started in earnest last August. As author Pamela Redmond Satran delightfully recalls in an Indiewire guest post, that’s when she was bulletin-ed into a fever pitch of professional excitement:
Google Alerts informed me that TV Land was “fast-tracking” the series Younger by Darren Star, based on the book by Pamela Redmond Satran. I was floored, because not only was the show moving forward, but they actually mentioned me and my book!
My LA agent Dana Spector had just gotten married, my NY agent was on vacation, so all my initial news came from Page Six. The fall brought more news: Sutton Foster was set to star, an inspired choice for a role that demands freshness, combined with soul and serious acting chops. Then the adorable Hilary Duff was tapped for the role of the younger colleague, giving the show big-time Hollywood cred, with Debi Mazar as the main character’s best friend – perfect, as I’d always thought of Debi as my secret best friend.
Satran’s Younger novel, inspired by a Vogue article about extreme plastic surgery, is all about a mom who passes herself off as a twentysomething in order to land a job. When the author trekked in February from New Jersey to NYC to meet Star on set, she discovered that her neighbor (John Thomas) was working as the TV pilot’s director of photography! Remarkably, per the rest of Satran’s Women and Hollywood entry, it has only gotten better from there.
[Photo of Star at 2012 Project Angel Food benefit: Helga Esteb/Shutterstock.com]