In an interesting pairing, “Juno” writer Diablo Cody has teamed up with Oprah Winfrey on a comedy project in development at HBO, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Based on Dr. Julie Holland’s upcoming book “Moody Bitches: The Truth About the Drugs You’re Taking, the Sex You’re Not Having, The Sleep You’re Missing and What’s Really Making You Crazy,” the untitled potential series will look at the up and down sides to the prescriptions so many people are on.
Series creator Cody will write the script and executive produce alongside Winfrey and her Harpo Films production banner, which has a development deal with HBO. Its other projects at the premium network include “These Things Happen,” a family comedy based on the novel of the same name by Richard Kramer, and a drama from Thomas Bradshaw about the first African American president of a small liberal arts college.
Cody explored not dissimilar territory in terms of mental health in her Showtime series “United States of Tara.” She’s got several projects at various networks, including a pilot for TBS talk show “Me Time With Diablo Cody,” and wrote two episodes of Rob Corddry’s “Childrens Hospital.” Her film directorial debut “Paradise” opened in theaters last month.
Holland also wrote “Weekends at Bellevue: Nine Years on the Night Shift at the Psych ER,” which was adapted into an unsuccessful pilot at Fox in 2011.