September 1, 2009 / 6:27 AM / in 8 years

Publishing comedy "Books" is CBS-bound

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - CBS has landed a highly sought multicamera comedy script by “Will & Grace” alumna Gail Lerner.

The project, tentatively titled “Open Books,” has received a pilot commitment from the network. It revolves around book editor June and her circle of friends.

“Books” is inspired by the time Lerner spent as a temp in the publishing world at the beginning of her career and by the experiences of her sister Betsy, who worked as a book editor for 15 years before becoming a literary agent.

“I like the frustrations, the collaborative process,” Lerner said of publishing. “Publishing is a lot like sitcoms. Although both are supposedly dying, that only makes people more passionate about creating the next great novel or show.”

Lerner serves as co-executive producer on ABC’s “Ugly Betty.” Her resume also includes stints on CBS’ “Worst Week” and Fox’s “Back to You” and “Andy Barker, P.I.” which will be produced by Warner Bros. TV.

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