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Oprah Winfrey & Diablo Cody Pair Up For HBO Comedy 'Moody Bitches'

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by Tambay A. Obenson
November 22, 2013 4:23 PM
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In a somewhat unexpected pairing (at least to me), Oprah Winfrey and Diablo Cody are teaming up for an HBO comedy, which will be based on an upcoming book by Dr. Julie Holland, titled Moody Bitches.

HBO’s logline for the show says that it “exposes 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,” which also happens to be the subtitle of the book by Dr. Holland - a psychiatrist and author of the best-selling autobiography, Weekends at Bellevue: Nine years on the NIght Shift at the Psych ER

Diablo Cody will write the pilot episode adapted from Holland's non-fiction book, and will executive produce alongside Oprah Winfrey, while Dr. Holland will co-executive produce.

Here's how the author describes Moody Bitches:

Women are naturally emotional, empathic creatures. There is a growing trend for women to medicate away their naturally fluctuating emotions, but as a psychiatrist and psychopharmacologist, I have learned; the further away we take ourselves from what is natural, the more problems we have. We should be outside, reveling in nature, following the rhythms of the moon and seasons, part of hunting/gathering clans. Instead, we’re inside with computers all day, sunlight deprived, cardio-starved, and socially isolated. We take antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications to cope, but there is a better way. A return to what is natural for us as primates is a prescription for happiness and ease.

This marks the first collaboration between Oprah and Cody, and maybe not the last.

No ETA yet on delivery, or whether the series will retain the title of the book.

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6 Comments

  • Monique a Williams | November 26, 2013 7:41 AMReply

    Umm. Yeah. This doesn't sound interesting at all. Very stereotypical and corny. As if anyone finds the term Moody Bitches endearing. #NotFunny

  • Grrrtruth | November 25, 2013 8:16 PMReply

    Diablo Cody is one lucky chick. I haven't found her interesting since Juno but she's the toast. Another deal with HBO after a United States of Tara was produced by no less than Steven Spielberg and only lasted 3 seasons. I wish Oprah did more to seek out fresh female and minority writers, like Isse Rae, Ryan Coogler and a host of others.

  • Miles Ellison | November 25, 2013 11:26 PM

    Why would Oprah do that? There is considerably less of an audience for "fresh" female and minority writers than there is for the trash she's been producing. She's about making money.

    And this has the stink of failed, incomprehensibly bad HBO series like Tell Me You Love Me, John From Cincinnati, and Hung all over it.

  • Africameleon | November 23, 2013 2:37 PMReply

    My reaction exactly @PEGGY. Also, humans are "emotional" regardless of gender/sex and women are NOT "naturally empathetic." But I like the anti-psycho-medicate focus here.

  • Akimbo | November 23, 2013 12:17 PMReply

    I'm intrigued. Looking forward to hearing more about this.

  • Peggy | November 22, 2013 6:17 PMReply

    WTF?

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