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by Alison Willmore
April 18, 2012 3:21 PM
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Showtime Developing Desert Drama 'The Angry Buddhist'

Showtime's developing a drama series based on "The Angry Buddhist," an upcoming novel from Seth Greenland, according to Deadline. Greenland, a novelist and screenwriter (responsible for the 1993 Ted Demme-directed "Yo! MTV Raps" VJ-starring comedy "Who's the Man?") as well as a playwright, has also written for "Arli$$" and "Big Love," and will write the adaptation.

Here's the publisher's description of the novel (which you'll note has a blurb from Larry David on the cover):

Seth Greenland’s timely new novel is set in the high California desert between the trailer parks and amphetamine labs of Desert Hot Springs and the classic mid-century architecture of Palm Springs. In this sun-blasted territory, with its equally arid social culture, a fiercely contested congressional election is in progress. The wily incumbent, Randall Duke, is unburdened by ethical considerations. His opponent, Mary Swain, a sexy, well-financed newcomer, does not have a firm grip on American history or elemental economics.

Meth! With "Breaking Bad" approaching its final season, I was a little worried that America's scariest drug would be seeing less airtime. What a relief to know it might be making another appearance as a background element in a political drama.

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