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The Next Chapter Of “Malled” — A Possible CBS Sitcom

In blogging, books, business, entertainment, journalism, life, television, women, work on August 23, 2011 at 1:08 am

There I was, sitting on the sofa at 10:00 p.m. watching a too-violent movie on HBO, when I read three emails congratulating me, including one from the veteran TV writer who’ll be writing a script based on my new book; if it’s accepted, the next step is to cast and film a network television pilot.

Shriek!

I was hired on September 25, 2007 to work for $11/hr. as a sales associate for The North Face. I quit on December 18, 2009, knowing I had a contract to write a memoir of what it’s like to really work retail. The result, “Malled: My Unintentional Career in Retail” was the result, and was published April 14, 2o11.

So, how did all this happen?

And so quickly?

My agent, the day we first met in June 2009 — months before we sold the proposal — said: “You know, this would make a terrific sitcom.” I agreed. I wasn’t surprised by her idea; growing up in family who worked in television and film I know that networks are always seeking good new material.

As the book neared publication date, I began getting emails from a variety of entertainment companies asking who my agent was. I confess, the first one I read I assumed must be a hoax. I quickly learned this interest was real and serious.

On my birthday, June 6, I got on the phone to grill my two agents about the many items in the contract I didn’t understand and which are very different from a contract for a magazine story or a non-fiction book. Then (lucky enough to have family connections in the industry) I called someone in Toronto who referred me to her experienced entertainment lawyer to review it all.

It all felt a little surreal.

I love the irony that, after eight days at a Buddhist retreat discussing and pondering the nature of the self, I was on the phone discussing which actress might play “me” in the show.

It’s a long road to that possibility, but this is the next step.

Fingers crossed!

  1. Wow! What an exciting opportunity. Congratulations.

  2. Holy Cow – It’s really happening. What fun!

  3. That’s fantastic news! I can only imagine how exciting this must all be. Wishing you all the best!

  4. What fabulous news! Fingers crossed for you!

  5. Oh my gosh! That’s so exciting! I hope everything works out and will be very excited to say I “knew” you when! Congratulations!

  6. That’s so great! Fingers crossed!

  7. Wow! This is incredible! Congratulations. I can’t wait to read the book and to see what comes of the sitcom.

  8. Congrats!!! How it works out for you!!! All the best…

  9. Exciting and a bit surreal! Sometimes I joke about what actress would play me in a TV show or movie, but in my case, it’s a little far-fetched! Not for you– I’ll keep my fingers crossed! :)

  10. Talk about being in the right place at the right time. My purchase will be made soon enough. It’ll be exciting to get a T.V spot. Keep me posted on how it’s going.

  11. I can’t wait to watch this sitcom. I really do hope it happens; the book, and retail in general, is too full of good drama not to be televised. Fingers crossed for you!

  12. Late to the party, but CONGRATS! You must have been falling off the couch in excitement :)

    Fingers crossed everything works out!

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