TV Series Based on 'Girlfriend in a Coma' in the Works. Also, Douglas Coupland Designs Writer-Friendly Furniture!
Entertainment Weekly reported on Friday that NBC has green-lit a pilot for a TV series based on Douglas Coupland's 1998 novel Girlfriend in a Coma. There aren't many details about the potential series as yet, but Nurse Jackie co-creator Liz Brixius pitched the pilot, and will no doubt write the first episode.
Christina Ricci is on board to play Karen, the titular character who awakens from a seventeen-year slumber to discover she has a daughter. A long-running TV series seems like a good fit for Girlfriend, since it not only explores Karen's life post-coma, but the lives of her boyfriend/baby-daddy Richard and all her high-school friends. No air dates have been announced yet.
In other Coupland news, the author recently launched a furniture collection designed with writers in mind. Before Coupland wrote novels, he attended design schools in British Columbia and Japan, with eyes on becoming a sculptor and interior designer. He's now partnered with home furnishing company Switzercultcreative to produce five pieces modeled after his own writing space: an escritoire, a writer's chair, a bookshelf, a table lamp and a standing lamp.
Coupland admires the escritoire most. Speaking to Wallpaper Magazine, he said, "Escritoires are elegant: with one flip of a lid I can conceal mountains of crap inside while everyone looking on thinks I'm this really together stylish person."
Who here would buy writer-designed furniture? Who likes Christina Ricci in Girlfriend in a Coma? Coupland thoughts in general?
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