TV: Desperate Networks

Universal Cable Productions has partnered with Shout! Factory to develop a TV series based on Bill Carter's 2006 book Desperate Networks, Deadline reported. Carter, former longtime New York Times media reporter and current CNN contributor, will write the adaptation of the book, which "chronicles the inner workings of the television industry circa 2000s, networks' ratings wars, and the true life portraits of larger-than-life moguls who navigate this high-stakes business."

Deadline noted that the deal "comes as another insider book about TV wars by a NYT reporter-turned CNN personality, Brian Stelter's Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV, is being used as source material for a hot new TV series starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston."

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