“The Devil Reads Cosmo?” That’s what it sounds like NBC is cooking up with the help of “Bachelorette” writer Leslye Headland and Joanna Coles, Cosmopolitan’s editor-in-chief, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The as-yet-to-be-named comedy that Headland is writing will be about a failed political blogger who restarts her life in New York as the sex editor of a women’s magazine.
“Leslye Headland has been quietly embedding at Cosmo for this project,” said Coles. “We even managed to smuggle her into New York Fashion Week, so she’s been sitting at the junction of fashion, celebrity, beauty and the utter madness of our world. Be prepared for life at a women’s magazine, but not as you know it.”
In addition to writing and directing the 2012 film “Bachelorette” starring Kirsten Dunst and Isla Fisher, Headland adapted her comedic play “Assistance” for NBC in 2012. She also wrote FX’s critically acclaimed “Terriers,” and wrote and directed the comedy feature “Sleeping With Other People,” starring Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie, which is slated for a 2016 release.
Coles has spent years immersed in the world of women’s magazines. Before being appointed editor-in-chief of Cosmo in 2012, she was the EIC at Marie Claire for six years, where she participated in Lifetime’s “Project Runway.” She also starred and produced the Style Network’s “Running in Heels.”
“I am elated to collaborate with Joanna on this series,” Headland said. “Cosmo was a must-read for me growing up. Under Joanna’s influence, the magazine embodies topics for every modern female, which makes this a perfect union.”