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ABC Adapting Tracy McMillan’s HuffPo Op-ed “Why You’re Not Married” As Comedy TV Series

ABC Adapting Tracy McMillan’s HuffPo Op-ed "Why You’re Not Married" As Comedy TV Series

The condensed version of the story goes… TV writer and author Tracy McMillan found herself at the center of some controversy earlier this year, in February, after an editorial she penned, titled Why You’re Not Married – a witty, sharp, tongue-in-cheek piece/advice column aimed specifically at women – was published on The Huffington Post website (you can read it HERE). Thousands of comments followed, as well as reactions/responses from several other media outlets, small and large; even CNN chimed in.

Fast-forward 8 months later, after becoming something of a celebrity herself, thanks to all the attention that single op-ed attracted, McMillan has signed on to adapt Why You’re Not Married as a TV series for ABC.

Deadline says it will be an ensemble comedy that will explore “the current state of modern American love – especially the dynamic between the millions of attractive chicks between the ages of 25 and 45 who want to be married… and the men who seemingly refuse to commit to them.

The series producers promise to deliver “a brutally honest look at love.

The Huffington Post piece drew a reported 2.9 million views, soon followed by a bidding war among book publishers for McMillan to expand the editorial into a novel, which will be titled Why You’re Not Married…Yet: How To Stop Acting Like a Bitch And Start Getting Hitched, to be released next May.

Interesting background on McMillan: she’s the daughter of a pimp (black father) and a prostitute (white mother), both abandoned her, leaving her to grow up in the foster-care system, all of which she explored in her first book,I Love You and I’m Leaving You Anyway.

And her main reasons Why You’re Not Married, as listed in the Huffington Post op-ed: 1) You’re a Bitch; 2) You’re Shallow; 3) You’re a Slut; 4) You’re a Liar; 5) You’re Selfish & 6) You’re Not Good Enough.

As you might expect, the piece wasn’t well-received, especially from women-centered media sites; though not all. So it’ll certainly be interesting to see what the reception for a TV series based on the article will be.

Again, feel free to read it in its entirety HERE.

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