Oprah Set to Produce Steamy HBO Pilot

By Andrew Gauthier 

Variety

Oprah Winfrey has a surprising project in the works. Her Harpo Films has made a deal with HBO to team on a sexually charged hourlong series pilot about a woman who leaves her seemingly perfect marriage and children in Santa Monica for the underbelly of L.A., where she indulges her secret fantasies and desires.

Pilot is being written by Erin Cressida Wilson, best known for writing 2002 indie pic “Secretary,” which starred James Spader and Maggie Gyllenhaal film in the story of a boss-secretary relationship that veers into S&M.

Winfrey and Harpo Films president Kate Forte will be executive producers along with Wilson.

The pilot is a high priority at the pay web. The idea was hatched by Forte, who pitched it to HBO prexy Sue Naegle right after Harpo made a deal to generate series and miniseries. More…

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