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Hollywood Assistants blogger discusses CBS sitcom deal: It's more like 'Friends' than 'Girls'

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Less than 17 months after graduating from college, Lauren Bachelis signed a script deal to write and produce her own sitcom for CBS, 20-Nothings. There’s no guarantee yet that it will eventually reach the screen, but it’s still great news for the young woman whose early experiences in the business inspired her to create an anonymous Tumblr blog called Hollywood Assistants. “It sounds so glamorous,” she says. “Everyone thinks that you’re living the life that your boss is living. And we are so not living the glamour life. We’re so close yet so far from our dreams.”

Bachelis has been working in the entertainment industry since her freshman year of college, when she interned as a production assistant on Judge Judy. Internships with Heroes and others followed, as did an internship at the giant Hollywood agency CAA. She knew her ultimate goal was to be a writer, so when an assistant job opened on a CAA’s lit desk last August, she took it, and the material for her popular blog began. READ FULL STORY

Hollywood Assistants Tumblr to become CBS sitcom

Hollywood is going to have a lot to say about this, and it won’t just be in GIF form.

The previously-anonymous creator of the popular Tumblr blog Hollywood Assistants has sold a sitcom to CBS inspired by her blog, which airs the day-to-day grievances of Hollywood assistants, illustrated with GIFs from television and movies. Some recent posts include “WHEN PEOPLE ASK HOW I AM FIRST THING IN THE MORNING” and “WHEN SOMEONE TELLS ME TO BE THE BIGGER PERSON.” As many have noted, it’s similar to many other GIF-centric blogs such as What Should We Call Me.

As Deadline initially reported and EW has confirmed, 20-Nothings will focus on five educated young women toiling as lowly assistants for high-powered Hollywood executives. The deal with CBS also outs the blog’s creator, Lauren Bachelis, who’s had stints with New Girl and Heroes, among other stops. She’ll write and serve as a supervising producer on the new show, alongside Fred Savage, who will direct and be executive producer.

This isn’t the first time CBS has gone to social media for new stories. In 2010, CBS aired $#*! My Dad Says, based on the popular Twitter account of the same name. 20-Nothings — and Bachelis — also evoke another show about over-educated, under-employed 20-somethings. Just refer to the new project as Girls: The West Coast.

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