Life at Cosmopolitan seems to be pretty sweet these days — the magazine's website and social media present it as an extravaganza of kittens, hot dudes and delicious treats on a daily basis, while its staff produces a constant stream of content on the topics of politics, fashion, beauty, celebrity and, most prominently, sex. Cable network NBC has caught on to the allure of the Hearst brand that's led by Joanna Coles, and according to the Hollywood Reporter, it just inked a deal for a scripted show that's loosely based on life at Cosmo, with Coles signed on as an executive producer.
The script for the comedy (which is still untitled) will be written by Leslye Headland and will follow the life of a former political blogger who gets a new gig as the sex editor for a provocative women’s magazine. The single-camera comedy will have a similar feel to shows like "VEEP," "30 Rock" and "Ab Fab," and while there will be no real Cosmo staffers featured on the show, viewers can expect story lines and characters based on what really goes on at the magazine. (Yes, there will be a Joanna Coles-inspired character as well.)
In addition to Coles's role as executive producer, the magazine's Director of Strategy & Communication Holly Whidden signed on as a producer. To our knowledge, Cosmo and Hearst's involvement does not go beyond that, but it's too early to say whether or not scenes will be shot within the actual walls of the magazine's offices, though that would probably be pretty difficult logistically.
No word yet as to when the upcoming show will air, but we certainly plan on tuning in.