HBO signing up for "Women's Studies"

Actress Julie White accepts her award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for her work in "The Little Dog Laughed" at the 61st Annual Tony Awards in New York June 10, 2007. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - HBO is exploring gender politics with “Women’s Studies,” a comedy project from former “Daily Show” and “Colbert Report” executive producer Ben Karlin and “NYPD Blue” alumna Theresa Rebeck.

“Studies” is being developed as a potential starring vehicle for Tony winner Julie White and centers on a onetime famous author who, after a tumultuous period as a feminist It Girl, is now a professor at a small liberal arts college in the Northeast.

Karlin, Rebeck and White are co-writing the story, with Rebeck set to pen the script.

Karlin won nine Emmys during his eight-year stint as head writer/executive producer on “The Daily Show.” He also co-created and executive produced “The Colbert Report.”

Rebeck earned a Writers Guild of America Award for her work on “NYPD Blue.” She also is an author and playwright whose “Our House” will open at Playwrights Horizons in June and whose first novel, “Three Girls and Their Brother,” comes out in paperback this month.

White won a Tony in 2007 for “The Little Dog Laughed.” She provided the voice of Wendy Murphy in “Monsters vs. Aliens” and will reprise the role of Judy Witwicky in the “Transformers” sequel.