Mike White developing a comedy series about romance novel models at HBO

Mike White developing a comedy series about romance novel models at HBO

HBO cancelled Mike White’s Enlightened back in March, just as it had begun to rack up critical acclaim. Naturally, that left White feeling disheartened: He sounded defeated but proud in his WTF appearance, which aired a few weeks before the cancellation was handed down. But tied into news that HBO had re-upped Girls co-executive producer Murray Miller to a two-year overall deal was word that Miller would be working with White on a new comedy project entitled Mr. Romance. The show is based on Joshuah Bearman’s 2010 McSweeney’s article “The Only Muscle I Can’t Control: In Search Of The Next Romance Novel Cover Man,” about the annual Mr. Romance Cover Model Competition. White will produce while Miller will co-write the script with Danish comedian Casper Christensen. Mr. Romance keeps White under the HBO umbrella for now—and definitely opens up the possibility of Fabio sneaking in for a cameo.

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