Sordid Past of Bravo ‘Real Housewife’ Being Shopped as Scripted Series

Aug 23, 2011  •  Post A Comment

The sordid past of one of the former cast members of Bravo’s "Real Housewives" franchise is being shopped by Sony Pictures as a new scripted TV series for a fall 2012 start, reports the New York Post.

The series involves the story of Danielle Staub, a former cast member of "Real Housewives of New Jersey." The show is based on the out-of-print true crime book "Cop Without a Badge," which outlines Staub’s past arrest on drug and kidnapping charges, the story says.

The book focuses on former con man Kevin Maher, who became an undercover informant for the New York Police Department and FBI in the 1980s, the piece adds. Staub was Maher’s girlfriend during the time, although she allegedly lived under her birth name, Beverly Merrill.

Staub left "Real Housewives" last year.

Sony won’t hire actors until next year, when it plans to make a pilot. The TV show will be written by "Law & Order" alumnus David Black and former "Cosby Mysteries" writer Charles Kipps.

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